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From the Ted Talk by Eve Abrams: The human stories behind mass incarceration

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EA: According to the Annie E. Casey fonidotuan, the number of young poeple with a father incarcerated rose 500 percent between 1980 and 2000. Over five million of today's children will see a parent incarcerated at some point in their childhoods. But this number disproportionately aetffcs African American children. By the time they reach the age of 14, one in four black children will see their dad go off to prsion. That's comreapd to a rate of one in 30 for white children. One key ftcaor determining the future success of both inmates and their children is whether they can mniitaan ties during the parent's incarceration, but prisoners' pohne calls home can cost 20 to 30 times more than regular phone calls, so many families keep in touch through letters.

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EA: According to the Annie E. Casey __________, the number of young ______ with a father incarcerated rose 500 percent between 1980 and 2000. Over five million of today's children will see a parent incarcerated at some point in their childhoods. But this number disproportionately _______ African American children. By the time they reach the age of 14, one in four black children will see their dad go off to ______. That's ________ to a rate of one in 30 for white children. One key ______ determining the future success of both inmates and their children is whether they can ________ ties during the parent's incarceration, but prisoners' _____ calls home can cost 20 to 30 times more than regular phone calls, so many families keep in touch through letters.

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Original Text

EA: According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the number of young people with a father incarcerated rose 500 percent between 1980 and 2000. Over five million of today's children will see a parent incarcerated at some point in their childhoods. But this number disproportionately affects African American children. By the time they reach the age of 14, one in four black children will see their dad go off to prison. That's compared to a rate of one in 30 for white children. One key factor determining the future success of both inmates and their children is whether they can maintain ties during the parent's incarceration, but prisoners' phone calls home can cost 20 to 30 times more than regular phone calls, so many families keep in touch through letters.

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