Lock and Key


Some say the truth sets them free. Not in America.


Lies are a disease that spread like malaria.


Under lock and key means either safety or imprisonment.


Innocent until proven guilty? Or guilty until proven innocent?



What was the crime anyway? What makes a criminal have to pay?


Just trying to take it day by day. Only hoping to have a say.



How many cages for others to see?


There’s no place to be if freedom isn’t free.


How many mistreated for the world to care?


Injustice anywhere threatens justice everywhere.


Free Your Art has featured on going coverage of mass incarceration: from white privilege to the multi billion dollar industry that fuels the flames of racial injustices, income disparity, and means of dehumanization.


Coming up: what art has to do with these systemic issues, how artists can help, limitations to art’s influence, and case studies.


Further Reading:


1. An innocent man pleaded guilty to a drug charge to get out of jail


2. Saints' Demario Davis: New Orleans not giving criminal defendants what they need


3. There is 1 arrest warrant for every 7 residents in city of New Orleans


4. One in 7 adults in New Orleans have a warrant out for their arrest, new data shows


5. Community Organizers & Policymakers Call for Dismissal of Warrants, Fines, & Fees for Traffic Offenses


6. City Council Resolves to Dismiss Warrants, Fines, and Fees for 40,000 New Orleanians


7. Municipal Court at the Mission: pilot program clears warrants for homeless


8. Looking For Justice at Tulane & Broad pt. 4


9. New Orleans Just Took a Step Towards Ending the Criminalization of Poverty. Let’s Finish the Job.


10. California Bans Private Prisons And Immigrant Detention Centers


11. Amnesty International Fighting For-Profit Immigrant Detention in Louisiana


12. Tally of children split at border tops 5,400 in new count


13. ICE Moved 700 Women Out Of A Detention Center And Won’t Tell Lawyers Where They Are


14. 'Trump is literally deporting kids with cancer': New immigration rule removes protections for migrants seeking life-saving medical care


15. Trump administration leaves menstruating migrant girls ‘bleeding through’ underwear at detention centres, lawsuit claims


16. Menstruating Migrant Girls ‘Visibly’ Bleeding Through Pants While Detained, Lawsuit Says