Prisoners of Age Exhibit Now on Alcatraz Island

From July 6th until December 2015 Alcatraz will be featuring photographer Ron Levine's "Prisoners of Age" exhibit. The exhibit includes portraits and text from interviews with inmates and corrections personnel. Human Rights Watch has contributed several banners to the exhibit which bring to light the many issues faced by an elderly prison population.

Jamie Fellner, Senior Counsel for Human Rights Watch's US Program, is the author of the report "Old Behind Bars: The Aging Prison Population in the United States". Fellner specializes in the conditions of confinement in US prisons including the treatment of older inmates and those with mental illness, rape in prison, the death penalty, and racial disparities in drug law enforcement. In her recent dispatch "Even More US Prisoner's Growing Old Behind Bars", Fellner calls US prisons "high security nursing homes". Keeping tens of thousands of geriatric men and women in prison isn't just expensive, Fellner says, but unnecessary. 

Nearly two and a half million Americans are behind bars with one in ten prisoners over the age of 55. This figure has doubled in the last seven years alone. The project at Alcatraz encourages visitors to consider the socio-economic causes of crime in the hopes of creating social and institutional change and perhaps even for the next generation of troubled youth to consider the perils and reality of growing old behind bars.

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Please join us for the 2015 Voices for Justice Annual Dinners

The Voices for Justice Annual Dinner honors incredible individuals who protect and defend human rights around the world. This year we give our prestigious award to the courageous Father Bernard Kinvi to honor his extraordinary activism.

Father Kinvi is a Catholic priest who directs the hospital at the Catholic mission in Bossemptele, Central African Republic. In early 2014, when sectarian violence evolved into coordinated violence targeting Muslim civilians, Father Kinvi sheltered hundreds of Muslims in the Catholic Church, saving their lives. Despite repeated death threats, Father Kinvi persisted in protecting those in his charge until they could be taken to safety.

Please join us in honoring Father Kinvi’s achievements and other human rights defenders at the 2015 Voices for Justice Dinner. Reception begins at 6:00 PM with program and dinner to follow at 7:30 PM.

The Silicon Valley Dinner will be held Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at the Oshman Family JCC.

The San Francisco Dinner will be held Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Bimbo’s 365 Club.

For more information, to become a sponsor, or to purchase tickets contact the San Francisco office.