by Zora J Murff
Foreword by Pete Brook, Founder of Prison Photography
Published by Aint-Bad Editions, Savannah, 2015
9.75 x 7.75 inches. 80 pages. Edition of 450.
PRAISE FOR CORRECTIONS
The 17 Best Socially Concerned Books of 2016
-Humble Arts Foundation.
One could easily see this art project, making the pictures for the book, even the book itself, as the product of one artist’s personal catharsis. Composting stress into beauty. Getting our attention, and turning it towards larger issues plaguing this great country of ours.
-Jonathan Blaustein, aPhotoEdito
Photography in this book, and this subject matter, really puts a mirror back to us as readers. How we judge by photos and what we learn based on photography. This book tried to capture their lives in this situation, allowing us to see them for more than just their 'crimes' or actions.
-Dana Stirling, Float Magazine
Zora Murff’s Corrections comes at a crucial moment. Electronic monitoring (EM) has come into its own in the age of GPS. Faster, more accurate and more reliable than previously-used radio-based devices, GPS technologies provide the state agencies responsible for managing sentenced and pre-trial citizens with the rhetoric and assurances of security. EM is painted as a more humane, productive and progressive means of social control. Companies such as iSecure, Trac, Secure Alert, Pro Tech, GEO and Omnilink, which manufacture ankle bracelets, also talk up the cost savings to their state and county agency clients. All this to say, that this moment, in which we as a society are turning ever more faithfully to electronic monitoring, is not based solely on enlightened policy based upon enlightened morals and the prioritization of the human, but based also on salesmanship in growth industries and the rhetorical promise of redemption through technology. Corrections is an opportunity to reflect upon what it means to rely on widespread, diffuse, and near total surveillance to correct antisocial behaviors. Furthermore, it is an opportunity to interrogate the outcomes of such surveillance upon larger society and the problems GPS-powered panopticism purports to address. Do ankle bracelets prevent criminal acts? Does EM propel, distract or compliment our investment in educational, economic and healthcare systems, which we know to improve citizens and reduce antisocial behaviors?