Locked Apart // Locked Apart: The Walden-Dickson Family

“The Walden-Dickson Family” is one installment of a comprehensive documentary project called “Locked Apart: The Impact of Incarceration on Families,” that portrays the very intimate stories of families negatively impacted by incarceration. While there is growing attention to the issue of mass incarceration in the United States, which imprisons more of its population than any nation in the world, little attention is paid to the impact on children. More than 2.7 million children in the U.S. have an incarcerated parent, and 10 million youths have had a parent incarcerated at some point.

While Von Walden was incarcerated, Omyra Dickson struggled to keep a paying job and care for her family, including her daughter and her newborn son. Now that Von is out of prison and recommitted to the family, he is working hard to get long-term employment and to forge new bonds with his partner and his children.