Inside closed doors: California's most violent juvenile prison.

Posted by Amanda Wilson on 8/24/17 1:00 PM

The power of visual storytelling is in the message and supporting media. Thoughtful and detailed language create the tone of the setting while illustration, photography or video assets set the stage. Take a look at this Vantage article to get a sense of how powerful the intersection of message and media can be.

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Topics: mass incarceration, criminal justice, prison reform, digital storytelling

A book from mom.

Posted by Amanda Wilson on 5/25/17 11:31 AM

Most of us have fond memories of sitting on a lap — maybe mom’s or dad’s or grandma’s — with a book in front of us, anticipating every turn of the page to find out what happens next. And if you’re a parent, maybe you have those memories with your child(ren), their small hands grabbing onto the book, and their attentiveness when you read them the story — the kind of attention that’s hard to get otherwise.

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Topics: criminal justice, prison reform

Putting jails in our neighborhoods.

Posted by Amanda Wilson on 5/25/17 11:31 AM

The decision of closing Rikers Island puts jails in our neighborhoods — but before you assume the worst of it, think of this.

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Topics: mass incarceration, criminal justice, prison reform

The last meal.

Posted by Amanda Wilson on 5/25/17 11:30 AM

Two chicken-fried steaks with gravy and onions. One triple-patty bacon cheeseburger. An omelette with cheese, ground beef, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, and jalapeños. Fried okra with ketchup. A pound of barbecued meat with a half loaf of white bread. Three fajitas. A meat lover’s pizza. A pint of Blue Bell ice cream. Peanut butter fudge with crushed peanuts. Three root beers.

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Topics: mass incarceration, criminal justice, prison reform