Most of what we hear about the U.S. prison system is centered on statistics. As of 2011, more than two million adults—or 2.9 percent of the U.S. population—were incarcerated in U.S. federal and state prisons, and county jails. Another five million adults were on probation or parole. While these numbers easily lend themselves to infographics and wide-sweeping political agendas, they can be overwhelming and can make change seem impossible. And they certainly don't measure the emotional costs of prison or the complexities of defining rehabilitation.
Join New America NYC and The Atavist for a conversation through the lens of the individual with a former inmate, journalists who've followed the lives of convicted felons, and those who have forged lasting friendships with men and women living behind bars.