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Doing Time On The Outside

When a family member is sentenced to time in prison, they who family can feel like they are "doing time."
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Anyone familiar with the American criminal justice system has likely heard the expression, “When a person gets sentenced to prison, the whole family serves the time.” 

But what does that mean? What are the challenges relatives of the incarcerated face? And what assistance do family members receive? Host Frank Stasio talks Bessie Elmore, founder of Straight Talk support group for families of individuals in prison; Melissa Radcliff, executive director of Our Children’s Place, an organization that promotes community awareness of the effects of incarceration on children; and Megan Comfort, senior research sociologist at RTI International and author of Doing Time Together: Love and Family in the Shadow of the Prison.  

Straight Talk Support Group is having a fundraiser and movie screening tonight at the Durham Marriott Convention Center. You can find more info about the event here.

Hady Mawajdeh is a native Texan, born and raised in San Antonio. He listened to Fresh Air growing up and fell in love with public radio. He earned his B.A. in Mass Communication at Texas State University and specialized in electronic media. He worked at NPR affiliate stations KUT and KUTX in Austin, Texas as an intern, producer, social media coordinator, and a late-night deejay.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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