In U.S. prisons, one in nine people is serving a life sentence. Bipartisan support for criminal justice reform is growing, but policymakers have yet to address a key driver of mass incarceration: long prison sentences for serious and violent offenses. Nazgol Ghandnoosh will explore how lawmakers have toughened parole policies and practices in recent decades.
he archives of Eastern State Penitentiary are packed with historic treasures that the public rarely sees. Historic site visitors often see photographs of these treasures, but the building's lack of museum-quality climate control makes it impossible to exhibit the artifacts year-round. For 10 days only, Eastern State Penitentiary presents its fifth annual Pop-Up Museum! On display for 2017 will be news paraphernalia, including historic photos, articles, films, and objects (inmate-made crafts, paintings, confiscated shanks and other weapons) that depict various newsworthy activities inside the walls. Pop-Up Museum is included with admission. Tickets are available online or at the door, subject to availability.
In recent years, prison reform has entered public consciousness as a critical issue. Public art has been an important avenue for raising greater awareness of the toll of mass incarceration. This event features artists, educators, and nonprofit administrators discussing art making that engages prison populations and aesthetic practices that critique mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex. The program is a collaboration between the Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, the Restorative Justice Program of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, and Professor Nicole Fleetwood of Rutgers University and is sponsored by the Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Fellowship.
Some of Eastern State's alumni--former officers and inmates--return to the cellblocks to share their memories with the public during a Q&A session. The Alumni Reunion is included with admission. Tickets are available online or at the door, subject to availability.
Enjoy before-hours private access to restricted areas such as Soup Alley, the Operating Room, the Ruins of Death Row and other off-limits areas. During the day, you'll learn about composition, camera settings and how to shoot in various lighting situations. Your instructor will be with you every step of the way to look at your work and answer questions. The class offers a great opportunity to explore the fantastic ruin while putting into practice the rules of composition to create memorable images. Registration includes one hour private tour, admission and tripod fees ($30 value).