Tag Archives: Prisons

2017: Walt Whitman’s House

Marsden Hartley: Walt Whitman’s House, 328 Mickle Street, Camden, New Jersey (c. 1905) From 2017 Google Streetview: Whitman’s house today—now 328 Dr Martin Luther King Blvd—and the view from its windows, Camden County Jail: We two, how long we were … Continue reading

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2017: Be a Resilient Cooperator

Do human beings act purely out of self-interest? The Prisoners’ Dilemma is a classic puzzle designed to test and explore this question: Two members of a criminal gang are arrested and imprisoned. Each prisoner is in solitary confinement with no … Continue reading

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1945: The Book of Alfred Kantor

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day—Yom HaShoah Alfred Kantor was 22 when he was sent to Theresienstadt, the ”model ghetto” 40 miles north of Prague that the Nazis had created for Czech Jews. He was then sent to Auschwitz and, later, … Continue reading

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2002: In the Encyclopedia

Marc Steinmetz: Radio Receiver (2002) “Sometime in the seventies an inmate of Ludwigsburg prison, Germany, built this radio on the sly and hid it inside an encyclopedia.” From a series of photographs of prison escape tools (here).

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1943: Nurse Hamaguchi

Ansel Adams: Nurse Aiko Hamaguchi (1943) From Adams’s photographs of Japanese-American internment at Manzanar (here).

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2012: The Geography of Incarceration

“The United States is the prison capital of the world. This is not news to most people. When discussing the idea of mass incarceration, we often trot out numbers and dates and charts to explain the growth of imprisonment as … Continue reading

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