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I have been following fourteen-year old Jacob and his family in Harlem, NY for several months now. Raised by his grandmother, Diana García (67) while his mother, Rosa, completes a prison sentence in Paterson, NJ, Jacob remains an intriguing subject as he navigates his adolescence in a diverse urban environment. Rosa has been incarcerated since Jacob was four years old. The family is awaiting Rosa’s release, which is scheduled for May 2013.

These pictures are from a recent basketball game, where Jacob is hanging out with his friends post-game. The images are emblematic of what many may see as typical teenage experience, despite Jacob’s unique circumstances.

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Jacob García (14), left, with his friends during a basketball game sponsored by the Police Athletics League at PS 325 in Harlem, NY, on Saturday, March 9, 2013.

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