Please Join Project NIA &
Free Write Jail Arts & Literacy Program
November 11 to December 6, 2013

HumanThread Center/Gallery, 1200 W. 35th Street
(Bridgeport Art Center, 5th floor)

An Inside/Outside Exhibition

Image & Design by Bianca Diaz

HumanThread Center/Gallery
1200 W. 35th Street
(Bridgeport Art Center, 5th floor)

The U.S. is a prison nation. There is no other society in the history of humanity that has imprisoned more people. Over 2.2 million people are incarcerated in this country; representing an over 500% increase since 1970. This number excludes those we imprison in hundreds of immigrant detention centers. Our obsession with locking people isn’t cheap. States spend over $50 billion a year just on their prison systems. The Federal government also spends tens of billions to police, prosecute, and imprison people.

Yet research and anecdotal evidence show that incarceration makes people worse and does not improve public safety. Instead of spending money on drug treatment programs, meaningful employment initiatives, health care, affordable housing, and public education, our tax dollars funnel the most vulnerable populations into the prison system so that they may languish with little-to-no access to needed resources. This is not justice. Nor is it humane. We believe that this must change.

We must dismantle the prison industrial complex. In order to do so, we have to envision what a world without prison can and should look like so that we can build that world together.

Through this exhibit which brings together the visions of incarcerated youth and people on the outside, we want to engage the public in imagining a world without prisons with us.

The exhibition is curated by Project NIA and Free Write Jail Arts & Literacy Program. It is co-sponsored by the HumanThread Center/Gallery.

This is part of Chicago Transformative Justice Fall.