Almost all people who have been to prison had one or two abusive or absent parents. Most of them came from poverty, didn’t go to good schools, didn’t have good role models, and lacked the money to get a good attorney.
Such important points, Charles! I think a lot of people forget the politics of power and privilege that play into the lived experience of being imprisoned. Poverty and systemic abuse shift a person's entire reality from the realm of possibility to questions of survival. And it always seems to be the people who have never lived a day in need of anything that pass judgments like the ones you've listed here.
I'm so glad you've able to build a career that you enjoy, and also that you continually choose to support others so that they might experience the same. It's really encouraging!