Sharing stories is one of the most important forms of human connection. Stories help people understand and process human experience–both those we share and those we do not.

Prison is, among other things, a repository of stories. A lot of stories live within, or pass through, prison. The Washington Prison History Project aims to share those stories as a necessary way to understand what prison means for people who are there now, have been there before, have loved ones who are incarcerated, or who work or volunteer in prison–as well as for those who encounter prison only through paying taxes that fund the institution.

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Updates from the University of Washington Bothell's Project on Mass Incarceration in Washington State