Mural of ex-inmates seeks public input on mass incarceration

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A temporary art installation at a building In Philadelphia highlights formerly incarcerated men and women who are working to transform their lives in an effort to spark a conversation about mass incarceration.

“Portraits of Justice” is an interactive mural looking out from the windows of the Municipal Services Building, created through a program of Mural Arts Philadelphia. It features portraits of 17 young men and women painted against a brick background symbolizing the barriers to re-entering society after being released from jail.

During performances over the next few weeks, the public will have an opportunity to wipe away a brick, and replace it with their handwritten thoughts on how to solve problems in the criminal justice system.

Mayor Jim Kenney and District Attorney Larry Krasner, after the unveiling of the mural Wednesday, each wrote their ideas for reducing incarceration.

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