Contained Adjustments: The Cicadian Years

Donna Hiner's avatar Donna Hiner

This installation is not an anti-incarceration statement, but an exposition for reforming an archaic system of warehousing our prison population in favor of a system that is person-focused. From 2004-2013, many Prisons-for-Profit Gov’t contracts were phased out, causing closures. However, new Contracts have reopened many of those For-Profit Prisons. Warehousing humans without rehabilitation services is not only harmful to the person, their families and future, but a detriment to Society. Through restrictive Laws and Policies regulating employment, housing, voting, and Social Services, even minimal crimes end up being life sentences. The idea that one “did their time”never ends for most who have committed a crime. By neglecting this population, we unintendedly promote criminal activity and the continuation of high recidivism rates. This installation is an attempt to humanize the person, and provoke thoughtful dialogue towards changing our Policies and Laws concerning how we incarcerate.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 20’
  • Medium: Mixed-Medium w/Documentary
  • Width: 20’
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 10’