Impact Justice’s President Alex Busansky believes envisioning smaller scale, more humane prisons is part of ending mass incarceration. He traveled to Finland and Norway with legendary architect Frank Gehry, Gehry’s students from the Yale School of Architecture, and activist Susan Burton and shared his reflections on Medium.
In both Finland and Norway I saw compelling evidence that humane correctional facilities are actually essential to reaching and sustaining low rates of incarceration.
I was surrounded by the creative buzz of young minds grappling with a daunting assignment: envision how prison in United States might look and function in a not-too-distant future when we are incarcerating many fewer people and treating them as people.
Read the rest of Alex’s story on Medium. And keep an eye out for “Frank Gehry: Building Justice,” a new feature-length documentary film about the role that architects can play in ending mass incarceration.