The Confined Arts: Solitary Confinement Edition
On March 12 St. Francis College welcomed, currently (via phone) and formerly incarcerated prisoners for The Confined Arts: Solitary Confinement Edition, a showcase on how art and poetry can transcend prison walls while drawing the inhumanity of solitary confinement into sharp focus.
Artwork inspired by solitary confinement was on display while survivors offered spoken word performances and poetry about their time. One performer was Spoon Jackson who spoke from a California correctional facility where he is serving a life sentence.
Representatives from Opportunities and Change and the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement also spoke.
A panel discussion on solitary confinement, focusing on conditions in solitary confinement in New York State featured::
• Ricky James, host of "Unlocked" on 90.3 FM;
• Leigh-Anne Francis, professor of African/African-American/women and gender studies (College of New Jersey);
• Nate Williams, spoken word artist and musician;
• and Jennifer J. Parish, Director of Criminal Justice Advocacy, Mental Health Project Urban Justice Center
This event was co-organized by St. Francis College student Johnny Perez '17 of the Urban Justice Center and a student in the program, Hudson Link Post-Prison College @ St. Francis College, and Issac Scott, of the Center for Justice at Columbia University and the Program Director of Confined Arts, Opportunities and Change.
The Confined Arts: Solitary Confinement Edition is co-sponsored by the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement, Center for Crime and Popular Culture at St. Francis, Hudson Link Post-Prison College @ St. Francis College, New York University Prisoners' Rights and Education Project, and the Women's Poetry Initiative at St. Francis.