Prison Reform

Artists use mud to protest Dept. of Corrections policy

Why deny used books to prisoners?
MADISON—Wisconsin artists partnered with Wisconsin Books to Prisoners to protest the Department of Corrections’ ban against prisoner’s receiving used books from commercial vendors such as Rainbow Bookstore in Madison.…  And they did it with ecological street art.         

WI DOC Ban on Used Books

WNPJ Group of the Week - WI Books to Prisoners

WANTED -  ARTWORK BY PRISONERS - Please broadcast widely to your friends behind bars...

  - Wisconsin Books to Prisoners was the recipient of a powerful set of posters created by 20 printmakers from the JUSTSEEDS Visual Resistance art collective. These posters were created in anticipation of the 10th anniversary of Critical Resistance, a prison abolitionist movement, and call attention to the human rights catastrophe in U.S. jails and prisons, and the use of policing, prisons and punishment as a solution to social, political and economic problems.

The posters and artwork by prisoners will be displayed at Project Lodge,817 E Johnson St., Madison, at the end of January 2009. Art that addresses the condition of prisons and the daily drudgery and cruelties of prison life would be particularly appreciated.

Please do not send anything that you want returned or is not copyright free. Also, please let us know how you wish to be (or not be) identified.We welcome artwork year around,but for this show the due date is: January 1st, 2009.

Please send artwork: Wisconsin Books to Prisoners, Rainbow Bookstore, 426 W. Gilman St. Madison, WI 53703


Learn more about the work of the Wisconsin Books to Prisoners:

08/08/08 "Books to Prisoners" banned in Wisconsin Prisons

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections has issued an order prohibiting Wisconsin Books to Prisoners from sending any books to Wisconsin prisoners. DOC officials cited "security" concerns, although they were unable to give any examples of security problems that had been caused by the books program.

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Wisconsin Books to Prisoners is appealing to you as readers, book lovers and champions of the self-education of all people, to call Governor Jim Doyle (608-266-1212) and John Bett, the DOC administrator (608-240-5104) to express your concern and objection to this ban. Wisconsin is the only state in the U.S. banning books to prisoners.

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