WHY WE CAMPAIGN
Big corporations are making big money by mass incarcerating people, particularly black and Latino people. Human Pictures sees the for-profit war that is being waged on these communities as the most urgent social justice issue the US is facing.
In the U.S. people with criminal records are stripped of their right to vote and their power to challenge unjust policies, making them second-class citizens. Locked out of access to public housing, educational loans and jobs makes bettering their lives an unattainable American Dream. Left with few alternatives, recidivism becomes the path of least resistance.
Documenting stories of the injustice of our prison system, has led us to question what we can do to help propel prison reform. We’ve begun developing a narrative TV series that takes inspiration from what we’ve learned, and that will give insight into life after prison.
For now here are some of the stories that helped us create this project.
Locked OutInjustice in the justice system.
Holden is just one of the 2.4 million people who was entrapped within the criminal justice system. After his release from prison he does all he can to make it in a world that does all it can to keep him “Locked Out.”
The systematic and state sanctioned disenfranchisement of people with criminal records creates second-class citizens, as people are stripped of their right to vote and their chance to challenge oppressive policies. Being excluded from access to public housing, educational loans and jobs makes bettering their lives an unattainable American Dream.
Miss DiamondLGBTQ rights on the justice system.
Miss Diamond's journey was long and her journey was hard, but according to Ms. Diamond, "I didn’t want to die pretending, I didn’t want to die living for everybody else. I wanted to die being happy."
In a world that constantly asserts that transgender people are garbage, those transphobic messages are deeply ingrained and have devastating impacts.
Parole ReformInjustice and human resilience.
This short video, based on the true story of a 63-year-old man, hopes to vividly illustrate exactly what is wrong with the parole system and poignantly depict the true human cost of over extended sentencing and unjustified parole denials. By allowing us to base this short film on his story, he gives us the chance to really stress the magnitude of the deficiencies within the system and moreover, communicate through an actual personal experience what the real consequences of these failures are and the real toll it can have on someone who fervently struggles and dreams of remaking their lives.