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This Black Teen Developed an App to Help Incarcerated Parents Stay Connected to Their Kids

When one family member becomes incarcerated, the entire family suffers the collateral consequences . Of them all, exorbitant prices for limited communication and the inability to make in-person visits take one of the worse tolls. Due to their personal experience with the unjust and oppressive prison system, teen-aged Jay’Aina “Jay Jay” Patton and her father Antoine, an ex-prisoner, developed Photo Patch , a program and mobile app that connects imprisoned parents to their children. According to Teen Vogue , Antoine, who learned to code in prison, was released in 2014 and built Photo Patch Foundation, a website where kids could write letters and upload photos without unreasonable charges. Later, to avoid sending the materials through snail mail, Jay Jay developed a mobile app version for easier, faster access. “Everybody’s on their phone. It’s way easier for them to take a picture and type a letter right there,” she told Teen Vogue. “My dad said I should try it.” Since the app’s...

Niki McGloster

May 13, 2020