This blog is a work in progress. It is an attempt to open my reporting process to the public and be transparent about my motivations. Incarceration’s effect on community is a vast topic. In order to explore the complexity of incarceration in America, the posts on the blog will span large areas within this subject matter.
These stories do not belong to me. They belong to the individuals, families and communities featured in the blog. I wanted to thank them for letting me into their lives and trusting me to carry their stories forward. While this is a work of journalism, I do not claim that I’m subjective in my approach and my thinking about incarceration in the United States.
This blog serves as a space to contextualize and explore my own feelings as I continue to explore mass incarceration in America. I want to place my work firmly within the aftermath of three decades of poor drug policy, which has led to millions of American serving time behind bars.