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Local Media Coverage on Downstream: The Effects of Parental Incarceration

Downstream has generated lots of interest and has received recognition in numerous article, podcasts and interviews. We are pleased to be able to share them with you. All can be accessed through the links below. Enjoy!

The Essex Reporter

“Children whose parents take part in the Resilience Beyond Incarcerationprogram are more likely to stay in school and less likely to be convicted of a crime later in life, Long said.” 

“The program supports families through every aspect of the criminal justice system: supporting the family from the moment the parent is arrested to the day they re-enter the community.”


“It’s kind of an invisible issue that we’re trying to raise awareness around,” said producer Tricia Long.

Twelve children are shown in the film and all of their parents are currently or have been incarcerated.

“We have about six thousand children a year in Vermont who experience a parent being incarcerated,” Long said.

Stowe Today

Long said children whose parents participate in Resilience Beyond Incarceration have greater high school graduation rates and a lower chance of going to jail themselves.

According to the film, in Vermont, roughly 6,000 kids, one in 17, are affected by at least one parent in jail, and 40 percent of Vermonters are “hanging on the edge of catastrophe.”

The Upside VT Podcast

When a parent is incarcerated, there is more than a physical absence. I’m talking with Resilience Beyond Incarceration Program Director Tricia Long and filmmaker Brad Salon about their new film “Downstream.”

This documentary shares the stories of those left behind when a parent goes to prison. Vermont children and caregivers share their experiences, revealing the complex and emotional terrain they navigate.

The Valley News

After losing a parent to incarceration, kids can bounce between foster homes.

Not wanting to be known in school as the “kid whose mom (or dad) is in jail,” the film points out, “children will often suffer in silence.”

One girl talks about losing her best friend because the friend’s mother didn’t approve.


Downstream: The Effects of Parental Incarcerationis an hour long film that shares the stories of young people like Haylee, who says in the movie:

“Honestly, my best friend in elementary school stopped being my friend for a little bit because her mom told her that she shouldn’t be my friend because somehow what my mom did made me a bad person. And that was really hard.”


Downstream is a one hour documentary featuring the compelling stories of those left behing when a parent goes to prison.

Vermont children and caregivers share their experiences, revealing the complex and emotional terrain they navigate in the wake of a parent’s incarceration.