Please join ART WORKS Projects for The Confined Family: Exploring the Impact of Incarcerating Children, an evening of conversation with Restore Justice Illinois (RJI) and Communities and Relatives of Illinois Incarcerated Children (CRIIC). This program will address the realities of incarcerating children through the experiences of those both inside and outside of the criminal justice system with a policy and impact lens provided by RJI.
Jobi Cates, Director of RJI
Julie Anderson, CRIIC
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Free and open to the public. Click here to register.
Refreshments will be served.
Based in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, Communities and Relatives of Illinois Incarcerated Children (CRIIC) is a community group dedicated to providing support to those with loved ones incarcerated in Illinois prisons for crimes committed in their youth. Members meet regularly to provide encouragement, share information, and promote healing through restorative justice practices. CRIIC also actively advocates for criminal justice reform, with a focus on eliminating juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) and other extreme sentences for youth and young adults.
About Restore Justice Illinois:
Restore Justice Illinois (RJI) is a new civic organization founded to mitigate the human and fiscal impact of the extreme sentencing laws of the 1980s and 1990s, particularly where they have impacted children. RJI believes in the possibility of rehabilitation, redemption, and reunification with the community for all prisoners, even those who have committed the most serious crimes.
This program complements the current AWP exhibition Vinny and David: Life and Incarceration of a Family. Vinny and David began in 2012 when photographer Isadora Kosofsky met Vinny, then age 13, as he was booked into a juvenile detention center for stabbing his mother’s assailant. Through Kosofsky’s close relationship with Vinny and eventually, his older brother David, she has captured an intimate look at a family struggling to remain connected throughout recurring periods of incarceration. Vinny and David is open at 625 N. Kingsbury from June 8 to August 10, 2017.
About the photographer:
Featured in global publications like Time, Slate, the Washington Post, Le Monde, the New Yorker and in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Isadora Kosofsky’s long-term immersion into her subjects’ lives produces an intimate perspective on social justice issues.
Photo: Vinny eats his first meal in the detention center cafeteria. Albuquerque, 2012.