My name is Alicia Kenworthy -- I am a writer, editor and storyteller. Fans of obscure reality television might recognize me from Find My First Love, a show that sent me to France in search of the one who got away. For a time, I parlayed that experience into fodder for stand-up and even a stint as a professional matchmaker.
In February 2019, my life took an unexpected turn when I discovered a close friend had been incarcerated at the DC Jail. Despite being a third-generation Washingtonian, I hardly knew anything about our criminal justice system at the time -- one that unfairly and disproportionately impacts communities of color, tears apart families and inflicts cruel and unnecessary trauma under the guise of public safety.
Now that I've been confronted with its realities, I find it hard to look away.
At the moment, I am focused on two CJR-related projects:
1/ Editing a collection of letters written by my LO (Loved One) over a year of his incarceration.
2/ A podcast on "prison wives" and incarcerated love, to humanize the millions of women across the country whose vicarious incarceration -- though culturally present in stories from If Beale Street Could Talk to An American Marriage -- is often overlooked in narratives of reform.
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