Holland Cotter reviews the Juvenile-in-Justice exhibition at Ronald Feldman Gallery (which runs until Feb. 16). His thoughts, “Conceptually, the show is a sobering trip down the dead-end street that is America’s prison system. Visually, it’s as gripping as any art around.”
a poem from the Beat Within: ‘Sapo and Pisgui’
I grew up in a neighborhood,
Where you couldn’t be a kid,
You learned from what you seen out there
And what other gangsters did.
My momma always worried,
She tried to do her best.
It was just a matter of a little time,
When I would fall in with the rest…
Lisa Wade, PH.D, and professor at Occidental College, points out that the private prison system incarcerates over 130,000 people annually. For these men and women, escaping the cycle of being locked-up within these for-profit warehouses is extremely difficult. Wade writes, “Companies that house prisoners for profit have a perverse incentive to increase the prison population by passing more laws, policing more heavily, sentencing more harshly, and denying parole. Likewise, there’s no motivation to rehabilitate prisoners…” On top of that, and as you can see in the infographic above, racial minorities are over-represented in private prisons by an additional 12%. No good.
The Short list is published weekly on Friday mornings and is comprised of a brief list of juvenile justice and justice related links to articles, reports, videos and more that are worth a look/read.