States of Incarceration is a national traveling multimedia exhibition that delves into the history of incarceration by focusing on human stories from over 30 different local communities across the U.S., including Charlotte, North Carolina.
The exhibition is the culmination of efforts by over 800 university students, faculty, formerly incarcerated individuals, and others deeply affected by incarceration. For its Charlotte debut, the exhibition features content created by history students and faculty at Johnson C. Smith University exploring links between foster care and incarceration for local youth.
Today, the United States incarcerates more of its citizens than any other country in the world. Together, the community stories in States of Incarceration are intended to foster new public dialogue on this critical and timely social issue.