Photographer Interviews

Jessica Earnshaw Photographs Elderly Violent Offenders In Prison

November 1, 2016

By David Walker

© Jessica Earnshaw

Albert, 82, one of several elderly prisoners in Maine whom Jessica Earnshaw followed, watches the news on television and eats his lunch. Earnshaw won a fellowship to support the project from the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation, which funds health-related stories.

Since the 1970s, the U.S. has taken a punitive approach to criminal justice. But prisons are now overflowing, with unintended social and economic consequences. Journalists have joined human rights activists in questioning the American way of justice. Among them is photographer Jessica Earnshaw, whose “Aging in Prison” project recently appeared on National Geographic Proof. The project focuses on several elderly...

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