Incarceration of minorities has been something our family has witnessed as former foster care parents. Our adopted daughter is mixed race and while she was still in foster care her white mother was in and out of jail for relatively serious offenses. Her biological black father was also sent to jail for a minor offense but served 6 years in prison whereas her biological mother was never in jail more than a few months or weeks at a time despite multiple offenses. This is just one of many stories we dealt with as foster parents. Many of the kids we got had parents in prison. The kids indeed acted up and struggled as they got older. Many of the times, the parents did not receive help for their substance abuse or even education while incarcerated. Without proper resources, one can't blame these parents for continuing the cycle once they got out. We are putting people in jail without helping them. We are putting people in jail that strips them of resources to improve their situations. We are putting minorities in jail far longer than those who do similar or worse crimes but are white. By putting minorities in jail for long periods of time, they are unable to ever get ahead because they may lose their jobs, their homes, their money, etc. This has a huge impact on their kids as well who then get thrown into foster care.