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Incarceration is creating a social and economic crisis in Boston’s black community, leaving families without breadwinners, creating single-family households, and depressing incomes, according to a survey by the Center for Church and Prison, a Dorchester nonprofit research and resource center.
Families, the report found, must struggle to stay together under the weight of loss: the loss of financial stability, the loss of family stability, the loss of a sense of security. The findings build upon other research that identifies the disproportionate effect of the war on drugs on the black community and the emphasis in the criminal justice system on punishment, rather than rehabilitation.