Conversations with The Nation | Parenting from Prison

Watch video of Chesa Boudin and Sylvia A. Harvey in an urgent conversation about parenting and mass incarceration.

Apr 15, 2021

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Watch the video of the conversation below.

For San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, his mother and father were radical not for their militant New Left politics but for the extraordinary lengths they took to parent him while incarcerated. When a parent commits a crime, the system overlooks their parental obligations—and the rights of the children left behind—in favor of punishment. Boudin detailed what this meant for him personally in The Nation’s first-ever special issue on parenting.

Boudin will be in conversation with Sylvia A. Harvey, author of The Shadow System: Mass Incarceration and the American Family, and a longtime expert on the intersection of race, class, policy, and incarceration. Boudin and Harvey will share stories of parental love strong enough to scale prison walls and talk about how Boudin’s experience with his parents’ imprisonment has informed his groundbreaking work as San Francisco’s District Attorney.

Join us for a conversation with Boudin and Harvey, moderated by Dani McClain and hosted by Katrina vanden Heuvel. The talk will include ample time for audience questions and engagement.

Tickets are $10.  All proceeds directly support The Nation’s journalism. We hope you will join us! If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].

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