Alcatraz Exhibits Comic Book on Restorative Justice: an Alternative to Prison
A comic book by Alcatraz interpreter James Breeden, of the Parks Conservancy, that portrays a restorative justice program to keep young offenders out of prison is now open in the cell house at the top of Alcatraz Island.
"Alcatraz was America's first supermax prison," says Breeden, "but is society best served by Alcatraz's model of punishment and deterrence?" His answer is in the form of 23 large pen-and-ink drawings that tell the story of a young man who robs a house, and of the woman he hurts in his escape. One series of drawings shows their sad fates at the hands of the regular justice system, while a parallel series shows how much better they would each fare in a restorative system.
The Bay Area is home to a strong set of restorative justice programs.
Did You Know?
In November of 1969 American Indians being relocated and terminated by the U.S. government occupied the then vacant island of Alcatraz. Their 18 month occupation would bring an end to the federal termination policy, saving the tribes.