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Mass incarceration is "a stunningly comprehensive and well-disguised system of racialized social control that functions in a manner strikingly similar to Jim Crow".

— Michelle Alexander

Each image in the FREE HIM series features words to the pledge of allegiance and is tattooed on the black male body to capture the words that taunt incarcerated young black men all across America. The words FREE HIM, are written in chalk like letter-forms that symbolize the days, in counting, many wait in the prison system for release. To learn more about mass incarceration visit

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