iSchool Capstone

Inside Civil Commitment

Project tags:

archives & special collections

equity & inclusion

social justice

Project poster

After receiving copious mail in recent years documenting abuses experienced by those incarcerated at Illinois civil commitment facilities, Black and Pink Chicago sought to create an archive to shed light on this little-known issue. This project involved digitizing nearly 100 documents from incarcerated individuals, establishing appropriate metadata standards, populating an engaging Omeka site, and creating guidelines for project continuance. The archive is now a tool Black and Pink Chicago can use to share stories from inside with researchers, activists and the general public to facilitate rehumanization of the incarcerated, advocate for measurable changes and ultimately abolish the carceral system.

Project participants:

Emily Parrish