The United States imprisons more people than any other nation in the world. For the first time in US history, more than one in 100 American adults are in prison. 700,000 people are released from prison into their communities every year in the US.
VII Photographers Jessica Dimmock, Ashley Gilbertson, Ron Haviv and Ed Kashi have teamed to produce a multimedia documentary short about the experience of reentry and the lifelong stigma formerly incarcerated persons endure while reentering society after release from prison in the United States.
Today, VII releases the documentary on the website of the Think Outside the Cell Foundation and to news organizations globally. The short film will be available for licensing at conferences, universities and prisons worldwide.
As an adjunct to this project, the online publication Prison Photography published its first in a multipart feature interview series, “Ending The Stigma Of Incarceration (Part One): Think Outside The Cell / VII Photo Partnership.“