Prisoners of Age

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Prisoners of Age is a photo exibit of elderly prisoners in the American prison system.  It’s an amazing experience.  I remember one photo of a man who got out of prison and went and robbed a convenience store because he just wanted a six pack of beer and a steak.  People in for life, that know no other life, for things that must seem petty after 20 years.  And then there was the 80 year old woman who was just creepy.  She’d kept her housemaid prisoner for years and tortured her kids.  And she was quoted saying she just loved little kids.

We saw it at Alcatraz.  If you go, be sure to take the time to walk around.  It’s also showing in Philadelphia, Ottawa and Dublin.