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Solitary Nation Podcast

Solitary Nation Podcast (2017-2019)

Podcast Series

Hosted by Matt Duhamel, ‘Solitary Nation’ interviews professionals, organizational leaders, dignitaries and everyday people. Topics include the prison system in America, probation/parole, sex offender registration, the effects of incarceration on children and families, mass incarceration and more.

Transformative and Thought-Provoking Journalism

Solitary Nation is a weekly podcast (from 2017 to 2019) that discusses America’s criminal justice system. Topics include: mass incarceration, probation/parole, post-prison success stories, prison conditions, the sex offender registry, and lots more. In addition to jail and prison issues, Solitary Nation discusses how incarceration affects families and children.

In addition to jail and prison issues, ‘Solitary Nation‘ will discuss how incarceration affects families and children.  The arrest and removal of a mother or father from a child’s life forces that child to confront emotional, social and economic consequences that may trigger behavior problems, poor outcomes in school and a disruption or severance of the relationship with the incarcerated parent that may persist even after the parent is released from prison. (Hairston 2007)  Furthermore, families in general are often affected negatively when a loved one is incarcerated. 

One of the largest organizations in the country, InterNational Prisoner’s Family Conference has drafted a mission to assist families: “The conference goal is to strengthen the entire prison family and promote successful reentry and reunification, ultimately reducing the rate of recidivism. To that end, the InterNational Prisoner’s Family Conference provides critical connections, information and resources for families and secular and faith based organizations serving prisoners and their families.