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The Long Term
Powerful hand-drawn 13-minute animation developed in an art class at Stateville prison in IL, by artists serving long term sentences. The video uses personal narrative and research to describe the scale and impact of long term sentencing policies.
Artwork from Stateville Art Class
Artwork on long-term sentencing created in a Prison Neighborhood Art Project (PNAP) class taught by Sarah Ross and Damon Locks at Stateville Prison (2017-18).
Issac's Quarterly: Artists who advocate
No other platform brings together the different perspectives of those men and women who are survivors of the United State’s mass incarceration epidemic with the experiences of those family-member-artists of the incarcerated. There is no other platform where those persons lacking a criminal history yet are dedicated to the end of this national crises will be able to convey the message of free expression in the same space with those men and women artist who may never see their physical freedom in this life time.
One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana: photographer Deborah Luster
What is Prison Lectionary?
Prison Lectionary is a virtual space devoted to biblical interpretation by
artists and authors incarcerated in jails or prisons in the United States. The
purpose of this endeavor is two-fold. First, Prison Lectionary will provide a
forum for the voices of prisoners, who are the most authoritative witnesses to
the violence of the Prison Industrial Complex. Second, Prison Lectionary will
serve as a repository of information for pastors and others as they study the
Revised Common Lectionary texts or other Scriptures.
Conversations with the Dead
Photos from Danny Lyons' 1971 book Conversations with the Dead showing
prison life in Texas in the late 1960s.
Site Unseen: Incarceration
Curated by Sheila Pinkel. Los Angeles Valley College. Spring 2015. Alyse Emdur, Anthony Friedkin,
Los Angeles Poverty Department, Robert V. Montenegro, Jack L. Morris, Brendan Murdock, Sheila Pinkel, Gabriel Ramirez
Gabriel Reyes, Richard Ross, Robert Stockton, Mark Strandquist, Margaret Stratton, David Earl Williams
Everyday Life in Incarceration Nation
The Prison Arts Coalition
The Prison Arts Coalition (PAC) is an independent space providing
information and resources for people creating art in and around the American prison system.
An excellent compilation of prison photography of many photographers, as well as links to photography blogs, prison art and literature and more.
Kevin "Rashid" Johnson
Gallery of freely usable images by Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson, Minister of Defense, New Afrikan Black Panther Party-Prison Chapter.
Ray Masterson is a nationally renowned, self-taught artist who found
inspiration in a pair of socks while in prison. During the first year of his 15
year sentence for drug-related offenses, Ray was angry at the world. With
nowhere to turn for help, he ultimately looked up and prayed to God for "all the
wrong things." The answer to that prayer came in a moment of inspired clarity -
Ray traded some cigarettes for a pair of socks, secured a sewing needle from a
prison guard and started stitching his way to redemption.