Incarceration can be very traumatizing for children, and it’s a big problem in parts of East and West Oakland, two communities that are plagued with high violence, crime and poverty rates. As part of their 10-part series called Lessening the Impact of Incarceration, Oakland Local reporter Micky Duxbury looks at some of the mental health impact of incarceration on the 297,000 children who have a parent in a California state prison or county jail.

Marianna – who looks older than her 42 years and talks in the rapid-fire, high-pitched staccato of someone who has spent years on crack, which along with heroin and alcohol, were her drugs of choice – vividly recalled her then 5-year-old daughter witnessing one of her many arrests.

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