In which I’m pleasantly surprised that we’re again noticing incarceration is still violence.

Rebel With A Bar Card picks up on a theme dear to my heart — the way we treat incarcerated youth will revisit us down the road, so we’d better be paying attention. The idea should be to give us a safer future, not a more perilous one, and to redeem youngsters whenever and wherever possible during “formative years.”
In which I’m pleasantly surprised that we’re again noticing incarceration is still violence.
August 5, 2014Prison Industrial ComplexCarcerality, Crime and punishment, Criminal justice, Dehumanization, Empathy, Injustice, Prison Industrial Complex, Violence

[[Content Note: Carcerality, violence, both in this post and at the link.]]

A US Attorney in Manhattan has released the results of an inquiry into civil rights violations against teenagers at Riker’s Island. The report concludes that the guards at Rikers engaged in regular, routine and violent abuse of teenage inmates.

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[[Content Note: Carcerality, violence, both in this post and at the link.]]

A US Attorney in Manhattan has released the results of an inquiry into civil rights violations against teenagers at Riker’s Island. The report concludes that the guards at Rikers engaged in regular, routine and violent abuse of teenage inmates.

I was struck by this quote in particular:

“For adolescent inmates, Rikers Island is broken,” Mr. Bharara said at a news conference announcing the findings. “It is a place where brute force is the first impulse rather than the last resort, a place where verbal insults are repaid with physical injuries, where beatings are routine, while accountability is rare.”

I imagine that accountability will be the byword for addressing the horrendous actions cataloged in the report, but accountability is only half the story.  I find it incredibly frustrating that the other half will be almost entirely ignored.

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Get To Know Acclaimed Court Artist Bill Robles Whose Work Is A Standout in “The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art”, My Book with Artist/Co-author Elizabeth Williams

manson guilty nixon declaresWitness to History When No Cameras Allowed: Artist Bill Robles has built a career on drawing courtroom dramas and bringing them to life. As KCRW writes, “Bill Robles has the mellifluous baritone of a broadcaster, but he’s made a living for over 40 years with his eyes — and his hands.” See some of his spectacular work in this article and related interview here: http://blogs.kcrw.com/whichwayla/2015/02/no-cameras-allowed-artist-bill-robles-makes-a-career-drawing-courtroom-dramas. And please see the eBook and print book versions available via http://www.amazon.com/The-Illustrated-Courtroom-Years-Court-ebook/dp/B00JMV2ZVU  Thanks for your support of these great artists.

Eyes Into Some Intense Human Dramas, says Katherine Ramsland, PhD.

IllustratedCourtroom_LFonCVFKatherine Ramsland has long written about crime and criminals. Indeed, she has used courtroom art to illustrate her own writing. Elizabeth Williams, my artist co-author, and I were looking forward to her review, published on “Psychology Today”, of our book “The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art.” It was worth the wait. You can read it here. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/shadow-boxing/201407/mansons-menace-and-coppolas-beard

BBC’s Radio5Live Talks to “Illustrated Courtroom” artists…

Correspondent Peter Bowes writes about new book, “The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art” here (US-based can view the piece). Peter also will be on “Up All Night” with Rod Sharp talking to artists Elizabeth Williams and Bill Robles (whose Michael Jackson piece is below.) Program airs 6 pm west coast, 9 pm east coast, etc. Tweet during show :@BBC5Live @PeterBowes and tune in tonight or for one week on website if you miss it live. (To listen LIVE – use http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/bbc_radio_five_live )

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20140610-front-row-seats-courtroom-art

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Court Artist Bill Robles’ Work Exhibited at Bev Hills Bar Ass’n Event 4/30

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Court Artist Bill Robles' Work Exhibited at Bev Hills Bar Ass'n Event 4/30

It’s the L.A. Law Library’s Annual Law Week and the BHBA Barristers Committee for the Arts are co-hosting a free reception celebrating the rule of law on April 30, 2014 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the library. Wednesday promises to be an enchanting evening featuring an exhibition of the artwork of courtroom sketch artist, Bill Robles with the music of Gary Green Esq. and his Big Band of Barristers.

Our book “The Illustrated Courtoom” featured as “Rogues Gallery of Crime Revealed”

Last week, my artist coauthor Elizabeth Williams had a great write up in the New York Times for our book, ‘THE ILLUSTRATED COURTROOM: 50 YEARS OF COURT ART.” Now, we’re in the National Enquirer! “ROGUES GALLERY OF CRIME REVEALED.” Very nice piece with art included. Charles Manson, Michael Jackson and Martha Stewart. The work of 5 great artists is included in the book: 140 illustrations, covering many famous cases. Bill Robles drew this cover art of Charles Manson making a leap at the judge to try and stab him with a pencil during his trial. He also drew this great portrait of Michael Jackson. Elizabeth drew Martha Stewart many times; one of her illustrations is also in the Enquirer article.

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