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The Incarceration of a Loved One Takes a Heavy Financial Toll on Families, Women of Color

Prison certainly takes a toll on those who are incarcerated, but families pay a heavy price as well. The $80 billion a year the U.S. spends on prisons and jails far outpaces social and infrastructure spending on items such as education, transportation and housing. But families and communities of the incarcerated pay hidden costs of mass incarceration, a toll which is often left unreported.

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