Reflections on the Challenge of Inez Moore: Family Integrity in the Wake of Mass Incarceration

By Ann Cammett

Introduction

This Article seeks to expose the contradictions between the Court’s purported embrace of families’ choices in household composition and the government’s punitive regulation of families when a member has a criminal record. Through law and policy targeting crime in public housing, the government has hampered the maintenance of family integrity in low-income black communities like that of Inez Moore, especially because mass incarceration affects poor African Americans more than others.