Child of a Convicted Felon


in Interrupted Life

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780520252493
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944565 | DOI:
Child of a Convicted Felon

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In this chapter, the author shares her thoughts about her parents, both of whom were convicted felons. At first she did not notice or understand her parents' wrongdoings. To her they looked normal. Her mother was an addict, but it was not noticeable because she kept herself well maintained. Her father got locked up for reckless endangerment and grand larceny, and her mother stopped keeping her drug addiction a secret. The author's grandparents became her mother and father. Over the years, her mother claimed she had had enough and turned herself in to the custody of Nassau County Correctional Facility on four different occassions. Perhaps this shows how much rehabilitation this prison had to offer. The author believes that all the problems with her mother and father had affected her and made her very antisocial; she definitely had difficulties opening up and building relationships with people. In her opinion, though, this was a small price to pay for the more valuable lessons she has learned. She is the daughter of incarcerated parents.

Keywords: convicted felons; incarcerated parents; daughter; drug addiction; Nassau County Correctional Facility; grand larceny

Chapter.  1354 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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