With over 2 million people incarcerated and incarcerated, the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Even after release from prison, formerly incarcerated people face many obstacles when reintegrating into society, which can often lead to a relapse into criminal behavior, says Patrick W. Berry, author of “Doing Time, Writing Lives: Refiguring Literacy and Mass Incarceration”. ”
“Former prisoners are often told what they can’t do, where they can’t live, where they can’t work and where they can’t go to school,” he says. “That makes finding a way so incredibly difficult.”
In collaboration with the Center for Community Alternatives, an organization that promotes reintegrative justice and a reduced reliance on incarceration, Writing Beyond Release will kick off the launch of “To fix.” The national online and print publication will discuss the mass incarceration crisis from the personal stories of those who have been directly affected. “To fix” will work to educate the nation about the shortcomings of the current prison system and help incarcerated people and their families develop new facets of their identity.
“There ‘To fix’ the initiative is about community building,” says Berry. “It’s about the process of doing something together, learning practical writing and publishing skills, and contributing to new stories.”
While the program itself will be located in central New York and created and edited by formerly incarcerated people and their families from the area, publication will be open to anyone whose life has been touched by mass incarceration. . Unlike other journals for prisoners, Berry explains that this project will not limit authors on the subject.
“While prison stories are welcome, they not to be the sole purpose of the publication,” he notes. “As writers explore different aspects of their lives and experiences, we don’t limit them. This approach is necessary because too often formerly incarcerated writers cannot step out of the identity created by their incarceration.
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Project managers: Romita Ray, associate professor of art and music history, Vanja Malloy, director and chief curator of the Syracuse University Museum of Art, and Ankush Arora, graduate student, art history and music