The Real Cost of Prisons Project brings together justice activists, artists,
researchers and people directly experiencing the impact of mass criminalization
to work to end mass incarceration.
The Real Cost of Prisons Project is a national organization, begun in 2000.
The RCPP created workshops, a website visited by 1,500 people a day and which
includes sections of writing and comix by prisoners. In 2005, we created and
published three comic books: Prison Town: Paying the Price, Prisoners of the War
on Drugs and Prisoners of a Hard Life: Women and Their Children. 135,000 free
comic books have been sent to organizers, schools and prisoners throughout the
country. The comic books are no longer in print but can be downloaded and
printed from this website. The comic books are anthologized into the book, The
Real Cost of Prisons Comix, published by PM Press. In 2008, the book won the
PASS Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.
The Real Cost of Prisons focuses on ending extreme sentencing such as Life
Without the Possibility of Parole and the harsh and damaging conditions of
confinement faced by every prisoner in the United States.
In Massachusetts, the RCPP's recent work includes organizing to stop the
Department of Corrections degrading policy of dogs sniffing all visitors,
including young children, while they wait for hours to see family and friends
and working to stop new prison and jail building.
The RCPP is committed to bringing the ideas and analysis of prisoners and
formerly incarcerated men and women to the forefront so we can more
authentically challenge and change the destructive beliefs and costly systems
that drive mass criminalization.
Art by Carnell Hunnicutt
The Real Cost of Prisons Project thanks the Ramsay Merriam Fund
for their generous support on-going support.