Saturday, June 25, 2022

Prisons in the wilderness

dannemora prison

June 28, 2022, 7 – 8 pm, Free but registration requested.

For nearly two centuries, the remote forestlands and high mountain peaks of the Adirondacks have provided opportunities for middle-class recreation, wilderness adventure, and scientific research. At the same time, those natural characteristics led state and federal authorities to look toward the North Country as a convenient location for a network of prisons. Towns and villages across the Adirondacks have since come to rely on prisons as a source of economic development, employment, and state funding.

What are the ramifications of this reliance on prisons for incarcerated people, residents of the Park, and the Adirondack Park itself? In this presentation, Dr. Alice Green, Dr. Clarence Jefferson Hall, and Anna Givens will explore the region’s historical relationship with prisons and the racial and class dynamics of the Adirondack prison system, while highlighting the work of individuals and activist groups to limit the harms of incarceration.

For more information and to register, go HERE.

Adirondack Experience, 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake

Photo of Clinton Correctional Facility from Almanack archive

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