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Mass Incarceration


Words by Scot Tatelman

America, the land of the free, has earned a disturbing distinction - the world’s leading jailer. Although we represent just 5% of the world’s population, we now hold 25% of its incarcerated people; that's more than 2 million people behind bars. Many the result of extraordinarily harsh mandatory minimum sentences, and racially disparate penalties.

Among the swelling number of incarcerated men and women is a vast number of parents, leaving a devastating, long-lasting toll on kids, families, communities, and ultimately all of us.

We are proud to present our latest #WhatDoWeTellTheKids project that aims to start a conversation around this important issue, support the kids and families impacted by mass incarceration, and spark the empathy and compassion needed to find solutions.

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The #WhatDoWeTellTheKids platform was created to shed light, share stories, and continue to make sure we as a brand - and as human beings - are on the right side of history. We’re always building on the ways in which we can do that, so if there’s a cause or issue that you feel needs extra attention, send us a note! We are fueled by you… our State family!


Scot Tatelman

Scot is State’s Co-Founder and ‘Give-Back Guy.’ Scot defines the term ‘social entrepreneur’ and has made it his life’s work to balance profitable business ventures with making the world a better place. Scot has worked to evolve their charitable model through STATE’s innovative giving initiatives and #WhatDoWeTellTheKids platform.

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