Town Hall Seattle Civics Series
1h 5min2022 APR 28
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Each night in the United States, more than 200,000 people incarcerated in state and federal prisons — 1 in 7 prisoners — will go to sleep facing the reality that they may die without ever returning home. In 1996, criminal justice activist and photographer Howard Zehr publishedDoing Life, a book of photo portraits of individuals serving life sentences without the possibility of parole at a prison in Pennsylvania. The book gave a voice to the human beings in front of the camera lens, revealing their hidden emotions and painting an otherwise-unseen portrait of incarcerated people. Twenty-five years later, Zehr revisited many of the same individuals in his new book, Still Doing Life, co-authored by criminal justice professor Barb Toews. Photographed in the same poses, Zehr and Toews presented two side-by-side photos of each individual along with interviews conducted during the two different photo sessions. The resulting work is sobering tableaux of people who, quite literally, have no...

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