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Researching Mass Incarceration and Prison Abolition: Art & Oral History

A research guide created by Brooklyn Law School's librarians to assist those who wish to identify resources on mass incarceration and prison abolition. This guide highlights selected New York-specific events and sources.

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Rikers Public Memory Project

Current Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions & Related Material

Related Material:

Facebook: Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration (ebook) by Nicole R. Fleetwood - described in the Books box on the right of this page.

Hilarie M. Sheets, From Prison to the Art Gallery (Sept. 22, 2022)

Article subtitle: Formerly incarcerated artists [a group who exhibited their work in Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration] are making waves in the collecting world, hoping to create pathways, and dignity, for their peers.


The Marshall Project, Art in Criminal Justice: A Curated Collection of Links (Updated 11:01 pm, Oct. 4, 2023)

Links to articles.

Patricia Leigh Brown, For the American Prison Writing Archive, a ‘Shadow Canon’ Sheds Light, N.Y. Times (Apr. 17, 2023)

Tip: BLS students, faculty and administrators: Click here for instructions to create an individual account to access The New York Times.  BLS students, faculty and administrators who have Lexis+ accounts also can link to this story here.  (Log in required.)

Daniel Grant, U.S. Government Withholds Art Made by Detainees at Guantánamo Bay, The Art Newspaper (Oct. 31, 2022)

Article subtitle: Five years ago, a landmark exhibition of art created by detainees began touring the U.S. But a government U-turn has blocked works from leaving the prison, raising the question: whose art is it?

Adam Bradley, The Artists Taking on Mass Incarceration, N.Y. Times Style Magazine (Aug. 11, 2022)

Books (available through BLS Library)

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