Dear Visitor to the Real Cost of Prisons Project Website,
Once a year, we ask for your financial support. We are pleased that every
day, more than 2,000 people visit this website. We hope it is useful to you in
your organizing and school work. We believe it is a unique resource of
up-to-date research, links to organizations, and a comprehensive bibliography.
The RCPP also provides a voice for men and women who are incarcerated through
our Writing from Prison and Comix from Inside pages.
If you value this site, we ask for your support. Please make a tax
deductible donation at our Donate page.
The Real Cost of Prisons Project works with justice activists, artists,
researchers -- some in the "free world" and some who are incarcerated -- and
formerly incarcerated men and women to end mass incarceration. Over the last
thirteen years, the work of the RCPP has been shaped and transformed by
prisoners. This has meant a greater focus on ending extremely long and punitive
sentencing and on stopping the harsh and damaging conditions of confinement
faced by all prisoners in the United States. Every day, the RCPP makes
connections between activists around the country, strengthening the power of our
In Massachusetts, the RCPP's recent work includes initiating a campaign to
stop the degrading Department of Corrections policy of dogs sniffing all
visitors (including young children) while waiting for hours to see family and
friends, and organizing to stop a new jail for women "awaiting trial" - women
have been convicted of nothing and cannot make bail.
The Real Cost of Prisons Project is a national organization and has created
workshops and its website. The three comic books created and published by the
RCPP are available on the site. 135,000 copies of our free comic books have been
sent to organizers, schools and prisoners throughout the country. The comic
books are anthologized into the book, The Real Cost of Prisons Comix, published
by PM Press.
The RCPP is committed to bringing the ideas and analysis of prisoners and
formerly incarcerated men and women into our organizing to challenge and change
the destructive beliefs and costly systems that drive mass criminalization.
Please support the work we do.
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