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Originally posted on National Post:

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The Baffin Correctional Centre in Iqaluit is one of Canada’s most decrepit prisons. A look at Nunavut’s main correctional facility:

Capacity: Built to hold 68 minimum-security prisoners. Holds an average of 82 prisoners with a peak of 115. They include minimum-, medium- and maximum-security inmates as well as prisoners awaiting trial.

Problems: Pervasive mould, holes in walls, fire-code violations, serious wear and tear on facilities.

History: Operational and security concerns first identified by Office of the Correctional Investigator in 1996. Further reports followed in 2002, 2006, 2007, 2012.

Security: Violent encounters tripled between 2002 and 2012 to 185. The prison averages about eight contraband incidents a month.

Prisoner care: Federal auditor general Michael Ferguson found none of 24 prisoners looked at had a plan for rehabilitation; 33 per cent of inmates with mental-health issues had access…

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Originally posted on Abolitionist Law Center:

MEDIA RELEASE: Lawsuit seeks attorney and family access to Mumia Abu-Jamal

Mumia Abu-Jamal

Abu-Jamal has been held virtually incommunicado in the hospital for a week

May 18, 2015: This morning attorneys for political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal filed a lawsuit in the Middle District of Pennsylvania federal court seeking immediate access to their client, who has been held virtually incommunicado at the Geisinger Medical Center since Tuesday, May 12. Abu-Jamal has been denied all communication with his attorneys since that time.

Bret Grote of the Abolitionist Law Center and Robert Boyle, attorneys for Abu-Jamal, are plaintiffs in the action along with Abu-Jamal. A motion for preliminary injunction and a temporary restraining order was filed with the lawsuit asking that the court issue an order granting Abu-Jamal visitation with his attorneys and wife, Wadiya Jamal.

On Tuesday May 12th in the evening Mumia was taken from the prison infirmary to Geisinger Medical Center in…

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Originally posted on The Prison Arts Coalition:

Dear all,

I am a portrait photographer and photojournalist keenly interested in documenting the work of prison arts rehabilitation programs. I am a New York City based photographer who has worked on assignment for publications including the Village Voice, New York Observer, Out Magazine, City & State, Capital New York, etc. I have also been fortunate enough to do ongoing pro bono work for UN Women’s global HeForShe initiative for gender equality, an issue that I am extremely passionate about.

For a while now I have been interested in working with prisoners, especially within the context of arts rehabilitation. My aim would be to create a multimedia piece documenting both the work of the organization or program in general, as well as honing in on individuals and telling their stories, focusing on their art and journey through and beyond the criminal justice system.

I was extremely moved by a piece…

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Originally posted on Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project:

ACJP Organizer Gail Noble writes a commentary on what State Attorney Marylin Mosby’s decision to charge the officers involved in the murder of Freddie Gray means to her as a mother of three black sons.

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When I heard the six police officers in Baltimore were being charged, I was shocked and overjoyed. “Yes!” I said with fists in the air. I thought about Freddie, the severe pain I heard in his voice when he cried out. I remembered the images of his limp body as they dragged him to the van. If officers are that blind to a person’s welfare, they deserve to be charged and I pray they are convicted.

As a mother of three black sons, hearing State Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s words were especially vital for me. Everyday, I fear for my three sons living in an America which is plagued with racism and police brutality. I have…

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petebrook:

Fantastic project this — it marries snark, with traditional craft, with urgent PIC politics.

Originally posted on Emily Waters Design:

Decorated by the shop of Louis Marie François Rihouët, French Hard-paste porcelain with enamel and gilt decoration Decorated by the shop of Louis Marie François Rihouët, French
Hard-paste porcelain with enamel and gilt decoration

My idea is to tie the history of solitary confinement at Eastern State Penitentiary with the present conditions of the American penal system. The inspiration for my installation came upon seeing a photo of the Dessert Plate, created at the Rihouet Factory in Paris, circa 1838, which was part of a larger collection of souvenir plates that presented contemporary images of Philadelphia tourist attractions.  The sight of a prison, a place of suffering and isolation, on a dish designed to serve the sweetest confections seemed wierdly incongruous and startling, even if the original intention was benign and idealistic.

I learned that solitary confinement at ESP, an early 19th century “progressive” experiment, was discontinued in the early 20th century.  Since the end of our last century, however, the practice nationwide has grown to unprecedented…

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NPR published a smart interactive piece, with a succinct narrative thread, about the release of prisoners from Huntsville Penitentiary. Words by by John Burnett and photos by David Gilkey.

“For released Texas prisoners, the first step toward the future is into an old Greyhound station,” opens the NPR feature The Bus Station. Here’s the accompanying radio story.

Sometimes you don’t need to get inside of a prison to reveal its nature. The bus station is a mere 3 minutes from the prison and it’s where all released prisoners head to cash their checks and get out of the town. They walk with red mesh potato sacks full of belongings.

I applauded and featured Jacobia Dahm’s work on prison visiting buses and I applaud Gilkey’s work her on focusing on those trying to move away from, not toward, prison complexes.

Go see the story. It is humanising and it proves prisons are closer than we care to consider.

Slick presentations like this don’t happen in a vacuum. Teams are involved. Design was by Wes Lindamood and Tyler Fisher and web-editing by Becky Lettenberger and Claire O’Neill

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Ira, who is HIV-positive, gives birth to Zhenia, her eighth child. Odessa, Ukraine, 2005. © Joseph Sywenkyj.

DIGNITY AND COMPASSION

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund is now accepting entries for its $30,000 Grant in Humanistic Photography. a.k.a. the Gene Smith Grant. It is designed to allow the winner to complete a current or future documentary project. Deadline is May 31.

In addition, it will soon be taking applications for the $5,000 Howard Chapnick Grant. Applications accepted June 1 – June 30.

Both awards go to projects produced in the spirit of W. Eugene Smith’s humanistic approach to storytelling — that which “documents the human condition with compassion and portraying his subjects dignity.”

$30K GENE SMITH GRANT

This is a big one.

Past winners included Peter van Agtmael, Krisanne Johnson, Darcy Padilla, Lu Guang, Mikhael Subotzky, Stephen Dupont, Trent Parke, Maya Goded, Brenda Ann Kenneally, Gideon Mendel, Carl DeKeyzer, Cristina Garcia Rodero, Paul Graham, Graciela Iturbide, Donna Ferrato, Milton Rogovin, Eugene Richards and Jane Evelyn Atwood among others

“Each year we are both humbled and inspired by the quality of work,” say Marcel Saba, president of the Smith Fund Board of Trustees. “We are honored to have supported so many remarkable photographers and incredible projects.”

Finalists are selected by a three-juror panel on the basis of the substantive and intellectual merit of their project. Finalists are then asked to submit a comprehensive photographic print portfolio, to write (if necessary) a more detailed and focused proposal and to answer questions about their project.

$5K CHAPNICK GRANT

The Howard Chapnick Grant is presented for leadership in fields ancillary to photojournalism, such as editing, research, education and management.

It was established in 1996 to honor the memory of Howard Chapnick who led Black Star photo agency, and acknowledges the value of his enormous contribution to photography. The annual $5,000 grant may be used to finance a range of qualified undertakings, which might include a program of further education, research, a special long-term sabbatical project, or an internship to work with a noteworthy group or individual. This grant is not to be used for the creation of photographs.

APPLY

Learn more and apply at the Smith Fund website.

Originally posted on The Prison Arts Coalition:

Project: An anthology of writing by artists who lead/teach (or previously led/taught) arts workshops inside correctional facilities. I seek submissions to construct a book proposal for publication.

Submission Guidelines + Instructions: Writing must be inspired by your prison work. It does not need to be directly connected to a specific event, experience, or person. Please indicate where names/identifying information has been changed.

  • Writing may be fiction, non-fiction, prose, poetry, experimental, non-traditional, un-categorizable.
  • You may submit as many pieces as you like (though not all are guaranteed inclusion in the anthology)
  • No length restrictions
  • Previously published material is acceptable, though un-published is preferred
  • .doc or .docx format, 12 pt. font
  • Email submissions + submission form to correctionswriting@gmail.com

Submissions accepted now through September 15, 2015

About: My name is Leigh Sugar. I previously edited the Annual Anthology of Michigan Prisoner Creative Writing and facilitated creative writing workshops inside Michigan state prisons (both…

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