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Shift the perspective: say no to labeling prisoners.

Leyla-Denisa Obreja

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People often make mistakes, some bigger than others. Many even pay for their transgressions. Coming out of prison and rejoining the community can be challenging, especially when faced with labels and stereotypes. Photographer Joseph Rodriguez shows us the real face of ex-inmates in Los Angeles. All around the world, many others fight to be seen for what they really are. People. I invite everyone to keep an open mind about prisoners and never judge them by their mistakes but by their characters and courage to reunite with the world.

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I love that these portraits humanize these prisoners. Photography has a way of doing that in a really powerful way. Thanks for turning this post into a conversation about how we can shift our perceptions.

    • Leyla-Denisa Obreja

      I wish there were more campaigns and more international focus on prisoners and the dramatic standards of living they have to face in and out of prison. As Dostoevsky once said, "the degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons."
      With time, I hope people can be less judgmental towards them and more focused on how we can rehabilitate rather than punish.