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Interrupted LifeExperiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States$
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Rickie Solinger and Rebecca Sharitz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520252493

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520252493.001.0001

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Child of a Convicted Felon

Child of a Convicted Felon

(p.385) 78 Child of a Convicted Felon
Interrupted Life


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In this chapter, the author shares her thoughts about her parents, both of whom were convicted felons. At first she did not notice or understand her parents' wrongdoings. To her they looked normal. Her mother was an addict, but it was not noticeable because she kept herself well maintained. Her father got locked up for reckless endangerment and grand larceny, and her mother stopped keeping her drug addiction a secret. The author's grandparents became her mother and father. Over the years, her mother claimed she had had enough and turned herself in to the custody of Nassau County Correctional Facility on four different occassions. Perhaps this shows how much rehabilitation this prison had to offer. The author believes that all the problems with her mother and father had affected her and made her very antisocial; she definitely had difficulties opening up and building relationships with people. In her opinion, though, this was a small price to pay for the more valuable lessons she has learned. She is the daughter of incarcerated parents.

Keywords:   convicted felons, incarcerated parents, daughter, drug addiction, Nassau County Correctional Facility, grand larceny

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