When you get out of prison, you get a bus ticket and the clothes you wore going in. You may miss your inmate “family,” and rewards for good behavior. You have to check the box on every form forever, that says “convicted felon.” Psychologist and recalcitrance researcher Joni Kabana brings these post-prison hurdles to light, as she supplies women who’ve just been released from prison with journals and cameras, and then displays their combined images and writings. Brace yourself for a surge of empathy. These photographs will show throughout September at Mercy Corps Action Center, 45 SW Ankeny Street.

Also, if this topic tugs your heartstrings, please have a look at PM’s recent photojournalism feature, A Woman’s Work by Cassandra Nelson.


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