Independent Lens

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Since the beginning of the War on Drugs, the number of women in U.S. prisons has grown drastically. The majority are mothers.

Three unforgettable formerly incarcerated mothers, jailed for drug-related charges, fight to overcome alienation—and a society that labels them "felons"—to readjust to life with their families.

AIRED: February 21, 2022 | 0:00:30
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- Remember I told you I was at college?

Really mommy is in jail.

- I was a soccer mom.

My life was my kids.

- I miss this.

- The system is designed to be punitive

but it's about getting our lives restored.

- You want me to go out there and explain to people

that I have a felony, that I was a drug addict.

- It's gonna be a struggle, but I'm ready.

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