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Bridging The Gap
Jessica Jackson, a single mom from California, took on the prison system — and changed her life
  Saturday 30 November, 2019
Jessica Jackson, a single mom from California, took on the prison system — and changed her life

Jessica Jackson clung to her baby in a Georgia courthouse bathroom, sobbing as she tried to get the 2-month-old to nurse. Her husband’s wallet, keys and phone — hurriedly handed over moments before as a bailiff led him away — felt heavy and foreign in her hands. She was 22. She had no job, no high school diploma, and no idea how she was going to drive his F350 home, let alone raise her daughter alone. Her husband had been sentenced to six years in prison — and she didn’t have a plan.

After taking a plea deal on burglary charges, her husband would end up serving three and a half years. That was long enough to completely change Jackson’s life. Left without options, the single mom turned the initial pangs of isolation and fear into anger and action and set out to change the system that ripped her family apart.

In the 15 years since, Jackson became an attorney and built a movement to challenge long-held narratives about crime — and the controversial policies based on them.

In searching for solutions to the issues caused by incarceration — including the impact it has on children, families, and opportunities left behind when someone is put behind bars — she ended up creating a powerful platform for sharing the stories of those who have been most affected. And she started by sharing her own.

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/11/29/single-mom-took-prison-system-changing-narrative-cut-50-kim-kardashian/4002583002/

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