Student starts scholarship for children of incarcerated parents

Children of incarcerated parents in Illinois may be headed downstate, for college this time. One Southern Illinois University student established a scholarship fund for children who's parents are incarcerated. The first fundraiser is next week.

The Chicago Reporter's in depth investigation into challenges facing children of incarcerated parents shows that their needs are not addressed in the current criminal justice system.

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