You are paying to keep people locked up in institutions in order to maintain a lifestyle and a comfort zone in your communities.
— Warden Ben Curry

America’s criminal justice policy has been driven and perpetuated by fear. While fear governs, little meaningful discussion, analysis or change is likely, for institutions, communities or individuals. IN AN IDEAL WORLD draws people past fear to experience prison directly, to bear witness to the impact of policies and programs, and to invite deeper conversation about the role of race and power in our “locked down” society, where nearly 1 in 100 Americans are imprisoned (and one in three African American males will spend time behind bars if current trends continue), and where millions of families and whole communities are left hopelessly behind.