As LA County Ends Solitary Confinement for Minors, Artists Step in to Reimagine the SHU
In May, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted to stop placing incarcerated youth in solitary confinement (except in extreme cases). Now, the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network is working to transform those special housing units--or SHUs--into cultural hubs, "cooling down" areas, and "hope centers." At Camp Joseph Scott juvenile detention center in Santa Clarita, a new mural project has given a new outlet to the 25 girls in custody.
Watch Alvin Ailey Dancers Rehearse a Piece About Being Locked Up
"Untitled America" is a new series by the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater which will explore, through three performances, how prison impacts families. Choreographer Kyle Abraham drew from his own personal experience, as well as those of others, to inform this "First Movement."
This Poet Taught Creative Writing To Prisoners And Learned An Incredible Lesson
In the short film "Beyond this Place," poet Clint Smith talks about his time teaching prisoners creative writing and literature. These forms of expression help these men--almost half of whom are African American--express themselves as individuals, and allow them to eloquently dismantle the preconceived, pejorative notions of inmates.
Can DIY Flipbooks Become the YouTube of Prisons?
Human contact with loved ones is tough for inmates. One couple took to snail mailing their moments, and created a business called Flip Booked; the service turns short videos from the outside into interactive papercraft for the incarcerated.