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About the Author
Lois Ahrens has been an activist and organizer for social justice for more than forty years. In 2000 she started the Real Cost of Prisons Project which brings together justice activists, artists, justice policy researchers, and people directly experiencing the impact of mass incarceration to work together to end the U.S. prison nation. The Real Cost of Prisons Project created workshops, a website which includes sections of writing and comix by prisoners, a daily news blog focused on mass incarceration and three comic books. www.realcostofprisons.org
Sabrina Jones has been creating comics and graphic novels on social justice and radical history since joining WW3 in 1983. She has published graphic biographies of Isadora Duncan, Margaret Sanger, FDR, and Jesus.
Craig Gilmore managed bookstores, published books, and edited a quarterly prison newsletter before transitioning into an anti-prison organizer. He is a co-founder of the California Prison Moratorium Project, a member of the Community Advisory board of Critical Resistance and was awarded the Ralph Santiago Abascal Award for Environmental Justice Activism in 2003.
Ruth Wilson Gilmore is Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at CUNY Graduate Center. A co-founder of California Prison Moratorium Project and Critical Resistance, she is author of the prize-winning book Golden Gulag: Prison, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California.
"With more and more older people going to prison there is a growing demand for educational materials to keep their minds alive and well amid the deadening atmosphere of the American correctional system . . . There are all sorts of projects afoot in this area, but one is of special interest. It is called the Real Cost of Prisons." --James Ridgeway, journalist
"There cannot be a prison-building moratorium or abolition movement without a voice advocating in such a way that reaches those most impacted by the system of incarceration. These comic books are that voice and an important contribution to that movement." --Jalil Muntaqim, political prisoner
"The Real Cost of Prisons comics are among the most transformative pieces of information that the youth get to read. We take it with us to detention centers, group homes, youth shelters and social justice organizing projects. Everywhere we go we see youth nodding with agreement and getting excited to see their reality validated in print." -- Shira Hassan, codirector, Young Women's Empowerment Project, Chicago
"Through powerful graphics and a wealth of grim statistics The Real Cost of Prisons Comix depicts how the past 30 years of unprecedented prison growth have reshaped the landscape of our urban and rural communities. By showing the concrete work that goes into building and maintaining the prison-industrial complex--from the peddlers of fear to the parole officer--the book serves as a smart, accessible primer on the politics and economics driving prison expansion." --ColorLines #52
"Teaching others the cost of prisons in comic form is a brilliant idea! This book deserves to be spread to the masses on the inside and outside." --make/shift magazine