Exclusive: Miss Robbie and Tim Reflect on the Impact of Incarceration
Season 4 Episode 403
Aired on 12/03/2016
Tim brings Miss Robbie on an emotional journey to the prison where he served time: the now-decommissioned Missouri State Penitentiary. The visit is a painful reminder for Miss Robbie, not only of how difficult it was on the family when Tim was locked up, but also of the enduring problem of high incarceration rates within the black community in St. Louis and across the nation. According to the NAACP, African-Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites in the United States.
"When I was growing up in the black neighborhood, somebody was always going off to prison," Miss Robbie says. "I feel that the court system throws black men into prison for a little of nothing. I think the justice system is broken."
Miss Robbie and Tim also address the challenges ex-convicts face after their release from prison. Without strong support systems, they believe, formerly incarcerated young black men struggle to reintegrate into society and are easily pulled back into a life of crime.
"Most inmates when they come home, they don't have a life," Miss Robbie says. "They don't have a job; they don't have a family; a lot of them don't even have a place to go. But when they come home, it's when they really need help."
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