Early Experiences Matter
Many people overcome obstacles. Some people stumble in spite of advantages.
The overall pattern, however, is clear. Huge numbers of the men and women in U.S. prisons grew up in poverty, attended failing schools, and were exposed to trauma as children. More than half are Black or Latino.
The question is why? And how can we break these troubling patterns?
Take this quiz to compare key factors of your childhood. How do you think they have impacted your path in life, and perhaps your interactions with the criminal justice system?
4 or 5 answers from Column A? Your peer group experiences high rates of incarceration.
4 or 5 answers from Column B? Your peer group experiences typical of incarceration.
4 or 5 answers from Column C? Your peer group experiences low of incarceration.