Explore Our Voices

Prison walls are erected not only to keep people in, but to prevent those on the outside from seeing the abuses of our carceral system. The inhumanity of what happens behind bars, as is reflected by these first-person accounts, is deliberately hidden from view in faraway prisons surrounded by high walls and double fences of razor wire. Few people other than those who are confined or work in prisons have a full view of how they operate. We’re out to change that.

We Are DC

Personal stories from incarcerated DC residents

Dispatches from Inside

Reports on prison conditions

Reform Debate

Perspectives on social reform

Reform Debate

Imagining a Forgiving Society

Yellow flowers growing out of parched earth

We Are DC

Subversive Art from Prison

A portion of one of the collages, titled Hope in a Hostile World

Dispatches from Inside

Pulling Chain

Herd of cattle, crowded together