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Breaking Out in Prison
Breaking Out in Prison

Breaking Out in Prison

Photographs By Babita Patel

PHOTOGRAPHY

128 Pages, 10 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $24.99 (US $24.99) (CA $33.99)

Publication Date: February 2020

ISBN 9781912157082

Rights: WOR

Red Press Ltd (Feb 2020)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: February 2020
 

Overview

"My grandfather went to Sing Sing. My father, my uncle, my brother went to Sing Sing. I went to Sing Sing." Poor schools. Violent neighborhoods. Easy drugs. No jobs. No support. No options. In the disadvantaged communities of urban America, The cradle-to-prison pipeline locks young men out of opportunity long before it locks them up. Meet 15 men doing something about it—15 men who got an education inside Sing Sing Correctional Facility, and used it to break out of the cycle. Today, they are role models for young men in their communities. And they are here to put a human face on effective solutions to ending the epidemic of mass incarceration in America today.

Reviews

"A must-read for those concerned with social justice… changes minds on preconceived opinions about the incarcerated" — Pamela Belafonte, Photographer

"Beautifully and poignantly captures [these men] as more than the crime or the time they did, and illuminates the complexity of what brought [these men] to prison, and the many ways in which they are assets to our community" — Dr Geraldine Downey, Director, Center for Justice, Columbia University

"With gritty storytelling and dynamic images, this book charts the harrowing journey young men take after making the worst mistake of their lives. Society would rather write them off, but this book shows how they're writing themselves back into the stories of their communities." — Sean Pica, Executive Director, Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison

Author Biography

Babita Patel is a humanitarian photographer whose work has been featured in The Guardian, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, Time Out New York, NY Daily News, The Indypendent, Activist Philanthropist, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Journal News, Alliance Life, and Corrections Today. She is the Founder & Executive Director of KIOO Project, an NGO that advances gender equality by teaching photography to girls in economically challenged communities who, in turn, teach photography to boys. Babita has also put life through the lens for organisations such as WaterAid, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor, WASH United, Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, Woman's Prison Association, The Mission Continues, The Third Wave Volunteers, Healing Haiti, Rebuilding Together NYC, Girl Be Heard, The GO Project, 3Seams, Long Island City Partnership, Print 4 Change, and Zylie & Friends. Her work has been exhibited across the world, including shows in New York, Atlanta, Santa Monica and Lisbon.