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The Prison Industrial Complex

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Illustrated by Billy Dee. Please see http://www.thepicis.org/ for teaching resources. The Chicago Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) Teaching Collective is an initiative of Project NIA (www.project-nia.org). See the music video here: https://vimeo.com/37349941

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The Prison Industrial Complex

  1. 1. “The Prison Industrial Complex” (PIC) is a term we use to describe the overlapping interests of government and industry that use surveillance, policing, and imprisonment as solutions to economic, social, and political problems.
  2. 2. “The Prison Industrial Complex Is...” Created Winter/Spring 2011 Illustrations by Billy Dee
  3. 3. The Prison Industrial Complex is built on the belief that some lives are worth more than others.
  4. 4. The PIC tears families apart.
  5. 5. The Prison Industrial Complex takes a foothold in your underfunded public school when counselors are replaced with cops.
  6. 6. The PIC is where you spend your “best years” just trying to survive.
  7. 7. The Prison Industrial Complex is the new industry in town when all of the old factories close down.
  8. 8. The Prison Industrial Complex targets people from certain neighborhoods, especially poor people, people of color, young people, and lgbtq people.
  9. 9. The Prison Industrial Complex criminalizes immigrants.
  10. 10. The Prison Industrial Complex is where you are likely to end up when you outgrow the foster care system.
  11. 11. The Prison Industrial Complex releases you without a decent education or training, and then calls you a failure when you can’t find a job on the outside.
  12. 12. The Prison Industrial Complex imprisons more black men today than were slaves in 1850.
  13. 13. The Prison Industrial Complex locks up more women and mothers today than at any other point in U.S. history.
  14. 14. The Prison Industrial Complex means that it costs much more to imprison someone for a year than to educate them.
  15. 15. The Prison Industrial Complex criminalizes dissent.
  16. 16. The Prison Industrial Complex is the reason why nearly 1 in 10 African-Americans cannot vote.
  17. 17. The Prison Industrial Complex warehouses hundreds of thousands of mentally ill people who have been denied appropriate health care on the outside.
  18. 18. The PIC disproportionately incarcerates people for nonviolent offenses.
  19. 19. The Prison Industrial Complex is the modern day extension of slavery in the USA.
  20. 20. The PIC means that over 7 million people in the U.S. are in jail, in prison, on probation or on parole. That is more than the populations of Detroit, Seattle, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, & New Orleans combined.
  21. 21. The Prison Industrial Complex is not about rehabilitation, it is about control.
  22. 22. The PIC is inhumane. It is time for change.

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