Tuesday, July 16, 2024



Americans want fewer prisoners. What’s art have to do with it?

“Ask the men at SCI Graterford what they think of Songs in the Key of Free and they’ll give you poems in return.”

A unique year-old pilot music program inside Pennsylvania’s largest prison needs funding to keep going. Its early success and relationship with the state offers a look inside our appetite for — and the limits of — a new kind of criminal justice reform.

Read the full story by Generocity Editor Julie Zeglen here. Below is an illustrated version by Philadelphia-based artist Mike Jackson. Zeglen and Jackson visited a Songs in the Key of Free music workshop at Graterford prison in Spring 2017.