Incarcerated Mothers Combat Social Misconceptions

Real Chi Youth reporters interviewed Colette Payne, a community organizer for Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM), a program that provides voice and support for incarcerated women with children. CLAIM began almost 30 years ago as a legal services and advocacy organization that advocates for policies and programs that benefit families of imprisoned mothers and reduces the incarceration of women and girls. Mothers who have been incarcerated are labeled with many negative stereotypes. It is important to highlight the steps women who have been incarcerated are taking to better themselves and combat social misconceptions.”I go to school now and it’s a outlet. You’re taking yourself out of a negative environment and placing yourself into a positive environment and learning, as well” says Payne. Receiving education to better themselves and profit society is one of the many positive things mothers who have been incarcerated, such as Payne, are doing.

By Evan Spralls, Kumari Mason, Sarah Ford, Shaiqueria Sandifer

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