The Jumpsuit Project will be a socially engaged art project conducted at UNCG during the 2016-17 academic year to raise awareness about issues relating to incarceration. The work grows out of my own personal history. In August 2012, I was issued a warrant in Washington, DC, explaining that I had four felony counts against me pending indictment. After nine months, an indictment was never issued and the felony charges were dropped to misdemeanors. In October 2013, I went to trial and lost, and 10 months later I was released from state prison. Almost a year and a half after being released, I was exonerated of all charges and granted my bill of innocence.
For more than three years, I was forced to relinquish control of my life. Through this very personal project, I want to provide an opportunity for people impacted by incarceration (whether directly or indirectly) to share their stories and to create a new network of support for each other. The stories before, during and after incarceration are usually the ones we don’t share.
UNCG community members (students, staff, faculty, administrators) will be invited to show support by sharing the information about the project through social media networks. This visual representation of incarceration will shed light on these issues and how those closely connected are affected. This project will hopefully raise questions about incarceration and start conversations about how it affects our lives.