Collaborations with Artists
“PPI is one of the most imaginative research groups illuminating the dark recesses of our carceral landscape.”
—Pete Brook, Prison Photography
We worked with data artist Josh Begley to put the rate of incarceration for each state in the United States into the global context. The state of Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the world, but criminal justice policy in every region of this country is out of step with the rest of the world....
We worked with Josh Begley to create this info graphic showing that the states that bar the most people from the polls are likely to be the same states that cast the deciding vote for president in the 2012 election.
Prison Map (2012)
Josh Begley used the data in our Correctional Facility Locator to ask the question: What does the geography of incarceration in the United States look like?. Be sure to read Josh’s explanation of the project and the review on the Prison Photography blog: 4,916 Prisons In One Place: ‘Prison Map’ by Josh Begley.
Paul Rucker’s installation, Proliferation, inspired by the map of U.S. Prison Proliferation, 1900-2000 by PPI’s Rose Heyer is an animated history of prison construction in the United States set to an original score. Peter Wagner was invited to write about prison-based gerrymandering for the liner notes of the DVD. You can read a short article about the piece or watch it on Paul’s site.