Prison Nation: Powerful Art for a Troubling Trend

450.CURBposter: Lisa Roth,Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB)     Offset, 2009; San Francisco, CA.

Simple budgetary numbers will tell you that funding for education gets cut every year, just as funding for prisons increases.

Drawing attention to this dismal fact, the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPA) is touring poster art around California that brings attention to the large incarcerated population of the United States, and the drain on society by the for-profit Prison Industrial Complex.

Some facts from CSPA: “The United States has the largest prison population in the world–over 2.3 million people behind bars–quadrupling between 2008 and 2011. The U.S. has only 5% of the world’s population yet we have 25% of the world’s incarcerated population. Another sobering statistic is that black men are imprisoned four times more often than any other group: 1 out of 3 black men, 1 out of 6 Latino men, and 1 out of 17 white men will be imprisoned at some point in their lifetime.”

For more information on “Prison Nation: Posters On The Prison Industrial Complex,” click here.

This project is funded by the James Irvine Foundation and the California Arts Council.

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poster: “America” by Cedomir Kostovic;                                                                   Digital Print, 2004; Springfield, Missouri; 2004

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