‘Tough on crime’ is not a national mental-health strategy

Canada.com  “Ashley Smith, the 19-year old who hung herself while prison staff watched, is a name that has been seared into the public consciousness. First placed in a youth facility at the age of 15, her mental health deteriorated rapidly and she was incarcerated for increasingly lengthy periods of times because of rule violations and further charges once she was in custody. She spent much of her young life in solitary confinement and in the last year of her life she was moved between institutions 17 times. Although Ashley Smith’s story is extreme, it is not exceptional. The suicide rate in federal facilities is seven times higher than the national average. The problems Ashley encountered are, to a large extent, systemic issues.”





About workequalsworthequalsinnocence

Working with animation, video, painting, drawing, installation and intervention, my interdisciplinary practice examines the complex position of culture within neoliberal capitalism and critiques modes of social control, while exploring the potential for art to function as a site of resistance. I am specifically interested in how modes of violence are perpetuated collectively through popular narratives, concepts of justice and denial of accountability. Frequently engaging with communities and collectives, my practice eschews individual authorship in favour of collaboration. This has included an ongoing commitment to working with women and youth who are in conflict with the law, through the creation of art projects in prisons as well as at numerous centres that support marginalized people. In 2008, I completed an MFA through the Public Art and New Artistic Strategies program at the Bauhaus University (Weimar, Germany). My work has been shown nationally and internationally in festivals, screenings, artist run centres and museums. I am currently employed as an Assistant Professor of Studio Arts at Concordia University. http://jessicamaccormackrmack.tumblr.com/
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One Response to ‘Tough on crime’ is not a national mental-health strategy

  1. Anne Baie says:

    Hi Jess! This is exactly the caricature i was talking to you about tonight at SKOL!

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