Ongoing since 2001, 360degrees was a participatory investigation into the U.S. Criminal Justice System and the impact of the growing prison population on families and communities. We set out to create a space where people with diverse stories can come together to share their experiences and opinions and engage in a productive dialogue. Following the launch of the site, an educational guide and Social Action Network was developed for the use of schools and communities nationwide. We also partnered with radio producers and journalists across the country as new stories were added to the site.


…as I heard the voice of a prison guard describing the passions and contradictions of his job. I held my breath and listened. I could smell and taste memories, the echo of steel doors through polished concrete corridors, my heart in my throat… You guys have mastered something here. Take it to the children of America!

– Danny Lytle

Those here who shared their stories for 360degrees unlocked our gates and doors, letting people in to understand who we are, what we do and have done, where we live, how we think , and often why we continue on. This project took everyone into the reality of juvenile corrections – the fears as well as the hopes and dreams.

– Arlene Chorney, Principal, Educational Program Rhode Island Training School

I’m sitting in front of this active screen rereading some of our conversations and I’m moved by it. Maybe we didn’t get everyone to participate, but the motivation is there, we made the first move, we drew first blood. These students should now be much more capable to commence the combat. There is a war going on outside. This war is not about militant murderers, but about curious kids that fall into the landmines of life. I know because I was there, I fell into a life of drugs, gangs, and violence. I fell deep into this lifestyle and I found myself in prison. It is so easy to fall, the part is to stand. In the streets there’s nothing worth living for, (that’s where you get that “thug mentality”) and there’s definitely nothing worth dying for. Every kid that we can keep on a computer is a student that we keep out of jail. Even so I am glad that can join me, join us, in this [expletive?], in this fight, in the everyday struggle to stay

Alive And Free.

– Ariel Corporan, Friends of Island Academy


Margaret Mead Film & New Media Festival. Museum of Natural History, NYC 2004

FILE Festival and Symposium. Sao Paolo, Brazil 2004

The Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin – the Podewil, Arsenal & Brotfabrik, Berlin, Germany 2003

Future Cinema. Kiasma Museum, Helsinki, Finland 2003

Future Cinema. ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany 2002

Villette Numerique Festival International. Parc de la Vilette, Paris, France 2002

The 32nd International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands 2002

Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah 2002

Montreal Film Festival, Montreal, Canada 2001

IDFA International Documentary Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands 2001

Ars Electronica Honorable Mention, Linz, Austria 2001

SUBSTANCE: DIVERSE PRACTICES FROM THE PERIPHERY, Center For Visual Art, Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, CO, 2007

When Artists Say “We”? Artists Space, NYC 2006

Get Rid Of Yourself. Lothringer dreizehn, Munich, Germany 2004

Get Rid Of Yourself. Halle 14, Leipzig, & ACC Galerie,Weimar, Germany 2003

Design Triennial at the Copper Hewitt, NYC 2003

Race in Digital Space. Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA 2002

Race in Digital Space. Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC 2002

UCLA Wight Biennial. Dickson Art Center, Los Angeles, CA 2001

Sculpture Now Pittsburgh Art Center, PA 2001

Race in Digital Space. MIT, Boston MA 2001

Short Stories. La Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, Italy 2001

Art in Motion. Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA 2001


Online News Association Award, Creative Use of the Medium, Berkeley, CA 2003

Silver Gavel Award, American Bar Association 2002

National Press Club, Online Journalism Award, Washington D.C. 2002

Pew Center for Civic Journalism, Batten Award for Innovation, Chapel Hill, NC 2002.

People’s Choice Award, Macromedia, New York, NY 2001

Ars Electronica Honorable Mention, Linz, Austria, 2001


Alison Cornyn: Co-producer, Creative Director, Designer and Photographer

Sue Johnson: Co-producer, Creative Director and Photographer

David Anderson: Editorial Advisor

Adrienne FitzGerald: Research and Community Outreach

Dana Greene: Research

Hayley Downs: Marketing, PR, and Outreach

Catherine Jhee: New Technology and Programming

Maria Finn: Photo and Art Research

Sue Gyeong Syn: Programming and Design

Britta Frahm: Programming, Design and Photography

Kenyatta Belcher: Outreach, Social Action Network coordinator

Continued production, research and development at Picture Projects:

Inbar Barak, Vanessa Bertozzi, Edward Droste, Brenda McCarthy, Katherine Bruce Mechner, Takako Nose, Simon Tam

Picture Projects teamed up with Joe Richman and Wendy Dorr of Radio Diaries, an independent radio production company, to tell the stories of John Mills and Cristel. These stories are part of their new series, Prison Diaries, and is broadcast on NPR’s All Things Considered every Tuesday in January 2001.

Picture Projects teamed up with Nicole Davis and Elana Berkowitz to tell the story of Darryl Best and the Rockefeller Drug Laws.

Audio production and editing assistance from Elana Berkowitz, Edward Droste, John Keefe, Marianne McCune, David Miller and Ben Shapiro.


Mark Shepard, Carlos Tejada, Ray Alba of dotsperinch developed 360degrees’ Flash site architecture, interactive design, animation, and database programming.

Veronique Brossier was a technical advisor and programmed the Flash timeline. www.v-ro.com

Criminal Justice Advisors

Todd Clear of John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Steven Donziger, Editor of The Real War on Crime

Marc Mauer, The Sentencing Project

Tracy Huling, Justice Policy Analyst and Filmmaker

Vinnie Schiraldi, Justice Policy Institute

Gary Mendez, The National Trust

Special thanks to the many photographers and artists who generously contributed images to the site:

Donna Decesare www.donnadecesare.com

Andrew Lichtenstein

Ken Light www.Kenlight.com

Sandra Nydegger

Joseph Rodriguez www.josephrodriguezphoto.com

Mary Ellen Mark

Betsey Finn

And for photo research assistance and agencies:

Ken Cobb & Michael Lorenzini of New York City Archives; Robert Pledge and Gregoire Sauter of CONTACT PRESS IMAGES; Cynthia Young of ICP, Meredith Lue of Mary Ellen Mark’s studio.

And to the scholars who helped us develop the timeline and who wrote essays:

Gila Aloni, Meda Chesney-Lind & Scott Okamota, Tony Platt, Loic Wacquant, Robert Zaller

We would also like to thank:

Stacy Abrahamson, Soundportraits; Buzz Alexander; Eric Appelton, Fortune Society; Mike Barnhill, School for the Physical City; Mike Barr, Oven Digital; Luis Barrios, Eglesia San Romero; Xochitl Bevera; Bell Chevigny; Erin Cornyn; Ariel Corporan, Friends of Island Academy; James Elrod, Young Adults Learning Academy; Eddie Ellis, Community Justice Center; Lev Fruchter, School for the Physical City; Jen Gonnerman, The Village Voice; Awilda Gonzalez, Hunter School of Social Work; Andrew Greenblatt, Oven Digital; Rachel Herzig, The Fortune Society; Helena Huang, Raquiba LaBrie, Noel Pinero and the staff at Soros’ Center on Crime, Communities and Culture; Daniel Jerome, East Side Community High School; Annette Johnson, The League of Women Voters; Michael Keck, Producer, Voices in the Rain; Colleen Keegan, Keegan and Fowler; Ruby Lerner and the entire staff at Creative Capital; Barbara Martinsons, CUNY College & Community Fellowship; Andrew Martin, American Bar Association; Lenina Nadal, Hunter College S.L.A.M.; Beth Navon, Friends of Island Academy; Katy Reckdahl; John O’Reilly , School for the Physical City; Daniel Paccione; Cathy Potler, Board of Corrections; Leslie Reed, Young Adults Learning Academy; Saul Robbins, Young Adults Learning Academy; Benay Rubenstein CUNY College & Community Fellowship; Rob Seiden; Carol Shapiro, La Bodege de la familia; Florence Sullivan, Distance Learning Project – Columbia Univ. Teachers College; Larry Sullivan, Chief Librarian – John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Jennifer Trone, The Vera Institute of Justice; Ellen Sweet; Alex Villar, Mark Washington, Friends of Island Academy; Moses Williams, Ajulo Othow and Deborah Warren – Southern Rural Development Initiative


Sandbox, Ashley Hunt: 360 Degrees: Perspectives on the U.S. Criminal Justice System – Documentary, Method and Law, Feb. 2002.

Art in America, Stephanie Cash: Everything Old Is New Again, December 2013.

The Village Voice, Francine Russo: 360 Degrees of Incarceration, January 17 – 23, 2001.

The New York Times, Allison Fass: It’s a Documentary Posing as a Web Site, March 4, 2001.

The Wall Street Journal, Evelyn Lee: The Web at Work – Picture Projects, May 21, 2001.

Christian Science Monitor.com, Jim Regan: 360 Degrees: Perspectives on the U.S. Criminal Justice System, August 10, 2001.

New Wight Biennial, twothousandone catalogue, Gloria Sutton: www.360degrees.org, October 2011.

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