Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:
Nicole R. Fleetwood is the author of Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration.
There are two ways to read her book. One is as an indictment of the prison industry.
Here, however, I needed no convincing. The U.S has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with almost 2.3 million people behind bars. Incarceration has increased 50% in the last 40 years. Black Americans are incarcerated in state prisons at nearly five times the rate of white Americans.
No human being, whatever his or her crime, should be subject, to name just one example, to the torture of 24/7 confinement.
The second way is as a book, as the subtitle implies, about the art made in prisons.
READ THE WHOLE PIECE HERE.