Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Eastern State Penitentiary

2014
$300,000

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Installation view of Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration. Photo by Darryl W. Moran.

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Installation view of Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration. Photo by Darryl W. Moran.

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Installation view of Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration. Photo by Darryl W. Moran.

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The Big Graph, from the northeast. Photo by Rob Hashem, courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary.
 

The nature of the criminal justice system in the United States is that it works in courtrooms and behind prison walls, often hidden from view for mainstream Americans. This exhibition, which will be the Eastern State Penitentiary's first to focus on the current state of incarceration in America, will shed light on this critical contemporary subject. Opening in 2016, the exhibition will encourage reflection and dialogue around complex issues of crime and justice, and will ask visitors to consider questions such as: What are prisons for? Do they work? What punishments are appropriate for what crimes? What responsibilities do individual American citizens have with regards to shaping the country's criminal justice system? Eastern State staff will produce a pop-up book that illustrates these issues, as a complement to the exhibition.


Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.