This morning I was reading a blog from Soni Quick who writes “Inside the Forbidden Outside”. She has a lot of information relating to incarceration, and I enjoy her blog. Today she promoted “Ink from the Pen Magazine”, which showcases a lot of fabulous art from behind bars. You can purchase inmate’s art from their site. Please do look at this site as well as Soni’s blog.
I sincerely believe the way inmates are treated is not productive for rehabilitation. If the prisons themselves promoted inmates who have talents, put more inmates into jobs where they can learn, and made sure all inmates got an education so they could survive on the outside, the end result would be fewer prisoners, fewer prisons, and more productive members of society.
Taxpayers … listen up. Your tax dollars are not being used effectively. There is a 60-70% recidivism rate. You are paying anywhere from $25 to $75.00 per day to house inmates!
I’ll post the Annual cost for California in my next blog.
In the meantime, remember to take a look at Brett McKeehan’s book Solitary Words.
It has some terrific art and poetry! Available on Amazon:
Just published! SOLITARY WORDS: REFLECTIONS FROM INSIDE by Brett McKeehan
I’m excited to let you know Brett’s book has finally been published and is available on Amazon. It was a lot of complicated work, but it was worth it. Please share this information!
Here is a short synopsis:
A graphic and courageous view of prison and it’s effect on inmates is shown through the poetry and art of Brett McKeehan, an inmate in a state prison. Seeing prison through Brett’s writing and art will open your eyes to what prison is really like, and how long-term solitary confinement creates anger, depression and even madness. Brett has spent most of his life in prison, due to his own actions, and takes full responsibility for hose actions. He devoted his many years in solitary to writing about his feelings and depicting them in his intricate art.
All the proceeds from the book go to Brett.
Just because someone is in prison, their talents are not diminished. In fact, there may be an element that increases their talents because they may not have as many distractions while they are incarcerated as on the outside.
You would be amazed at the talent that is confined within our prison systems. At the Prison Art Coalition, inmates talents are celebrated. On this site you can different types of art, all created by incarcerated men and women.
Established in 2008, the Prison Arts Coalition (PAC) (theprisonartscoalition.com)serves as a national network for prison arts in the United States. Through extensive online outreach and organizing, PAC provides support, information, and partnership opportunities within the American prison arts sector. As an advisory body, PAC provides ongoing, personalized guidance to people who are working to develop arts programs or looking to support incarcerated and formerly incarcerated artists. As a resource, PAC compiles publications, artistic works, research, events, and job postings to share with the public. One of PAC’s most notable resources is a list of prison arts programs around the country, organized by state and region. As a coalition, PAC brings together a consortium of artists, organizations, facilities, students, researchers, and prison arts supporters to build collaboration and strengthen partnership.
As indicated on their blog: This space provides an opportunity to highlight artwork by men and women in prison, former prisoners, and artists working around the criminal justice system. This includes visual art images, writing, audio files, and videos.
Do yourself a favor and take a look!