Care and Custody: The History of Mental Health and Imprisonment
Dr. Anne Parsons will discuss her new book From Asylum to Prison. Tiffany Bullard of Benevolence Farm will speak about efforts to connect people leaving prison with mental health services.
October 25th, 5:30pm - 7pm
A three-year, community-based, multimedia collaboration, None of the Above explores the intersection of race, poverty, educational policies, and incarceration through the voices of those most affected: students, teachers, administrators, parents, attorneys, juvenile justice officials, the incarcerated, school resource officers, advocates, and others. Based on interviews and workshops in more than 20 counties, the performances, interactive exhibit, and digital media bring these North Carolinians center stage to share their experiences with this school-to-prison pipeline and to offer their best solutions for dismantling it.
The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. More than 2.2 million people are behind bars. Add to that total those on probation and parole and we have more than 7 million people living under some form of correctional supervision. The numbers of children affected is staggering, the racial disparities stunning.
A child with a single juvenile court appearance is four times as likely to drop out of school. A high school dropout is nine times more likely to end up in prison than a high school graduate. What educational policies help move children from the school system into the criminal justice system? Who benefits? Who is harmed?
Hidden Voices is a radically inclusive, participatory, and co-creative collective committed to creating just, compassionate, and sustainable relationships. This network of relationships connects communities across difference and provides pathways for global change.
Dr. Anne Parsons is the Director of Public History at UNC Greensboro. She has recently published the book From Asylum to Prison: Deinstitutionalization and the Rise of Mass Incarceration since 1945 (UNC Press) and was a recipient of an Open Society Foundation Soros Justice Media Fellowship. She will discuss her new book with the public on October 28th from 3pm - 5pm at Greensboro Project Space.
Benevolence Farm is a 501(c)3 that has a farm-based social enterprise. We host a variety of programs that support our three central values: leadership & self-advocacy, sustainable livelihoods & healthy ecosystems, and advocacy & education.
Benevolence seeks to cultivate leadership, promote sustainable livelihoods, and reap structural change with individuals impacted by the criminal justice system in North Carolina.
For Freedoms is a platform for greater participation in the arts and in civil society. We produce exhibitions, installations, public programs, and billboard campaigns to advocate for inclusive civic participation. Inspired by American artist Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms (1941)—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear— For Freedoms Federation uses art to encourage and deepen public explorations of freedom in the 21st century.
Founded by Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, For Freedoms Federation encourages new forms of critical discourse. Our mission is to use art as a vehicle to build greater participation in American Democracy.