Black Teen And Dad Create App To Help Incarcerated Parents

Jay'Aina "Jay Jay" Patton, a 12-year old teen from New York, has developed the Photo Patch app
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Jay'Aina "Jay Jay" Patton, a 12-year old teen from New York, has developed the Photo Patch app that helps connect children with their imprisoned parents for free.

She created the innovative app with the help of her father, Antoine, who was once in prison himself.

When a parent gets incarcerated, it becomes difficult, or sometimes even impossible, for their children to communicate with them. If it's not possible to do in-person visits due to the long distance, some families rely on phone or video calls that mostly cost a significant amount of money. Others would choose to send snail mail but it would take long before it's received.

Jay Jay experienced those firsthand at the age of 3 when her father was jailed for gun possession. Her father, who taught himself to code using a computer science manual while in prison, started developing a website where children could send letters and photos for their incarcerated parents without any cost when he was released in 2014.

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