In the United States, one out of every hundred people is incarcerated. One out of every thirty-one is under the surveillance of the criminal justice system, either in prison or county jail, or on probation or parole. People are adversely affected by racialized assumptions about both inferiority and criminality. More than 70% of those imprisoned in the United States are people of color, and the fastest-growing group of prisoners is black women.
One of the driving principles of the Lioness Tale Prison Project is that reality is a web of relationships in which everything is connected to everything else. We are connected to the poor, prisoners, and to the socially designated ‘non-person.’ Their well-being is connected to our own. Our treatment of those considered ‘least among us’ directly reflects on who we are as individuals, communities and governments.