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Both Sides of the Bars: Wife After Prison: Caught in the Aftermath

ProducerKhalil Cumberbatch
DescriptionThere are about 2 million people incarcerated in the United States ... and millions more loved ones who are experiencing the criminal-justice system alongside them. After incarceration, many former inmates -- and their families -- suffer from what is known as Post-Incarceration Syndrome (PICS), a type of PTSD that results from long-term imprisonment that studies show involve such symptoms as distressing dreams, sleep disturbance, and emotional numbing. The enormous effects of incarceration on family members are even less understood. Imprisonment can create or exacerbate mental health conditions, and re-entry programs need improving, says Sheila Bruno, a mental health advocate and founder of Wife After Prison, a non-profit that confronts psychological changes that system-impacted individuals undergo due to their prison experience. In this episode, Sheila discusses her marriage to a man who spent 28 years behind bars which lead to "unimaginable turns of events" and psychological issues in both their lives.
DateSeptember 18, 2023
CategoryNews/Public Affairs