Windows From Prison is an innovative project providing Washington D.C.-based federal prisoners the ability to receive a photo from their past. It asks the question: “If you could have window in your cell, what place from your past would it look out to?”
Founded by Mark Strandquist, the project “utilizes photography as a way to bridge this distance while creating space and humanistic entry points for students, faculty, NGO’s, family members of incarcerated individuals, former prisoners, and policy makers to engage with the sources, impacts, and alternatives to mass incarceration.” Students from George Mason University and Duke Ellington High School take the photos and mail them back to the incarcerated individuals.
Here’s a gallery of some requests and images, supplied by The Washington Post.
So, if you were incarcerated, what would your request be?
Featured image: Lake Laanemaa at Orkjärve Nature Reserve, Estonia. Sunrise.
Photo credit: Heino Ruiso (Eesti Looduse fotovõistlus 2013) CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0), via Wikimedia Commons