NJ lawmaker recounts sons' prison stint

Here’s another example that might help you see beyond stereotypes. This one appeared in the New Jersey’s Daily Record:

Democratic Assembly leader Bonnie Watson Coleman has long championed better services for New Jersey inmates and their families. Her advocacy is more impassioned now than ever following her personal experience with it.

“Originally, I was absolutely heartbroken. And hysterical,” said Watson Coleman, who talked publicly about her family’s ordeal for the first time to The Associated Press this week.

“Up until that instance, I never really had problems with my sons,” she continued. “They didn’t always do in school what they were supposed to. I always thought our argument was going to be over whether it was going to be Yale or Harvard, not whether it would be jail or freedom.”

The photo is courtesy of bonniewatsoncoleman.com

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Sandeep Junnarkar is the founder and editorial director of Family Lives Behind Bars.