Prison Design Boycott in support of Alternatives to Incarceration
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Federal, state, and local governments considering prison construction

Prison Design Boycott in support of Alternatives to Incarceration

    1. Petition by

      Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility

IIt is time to stop building prisons
Our prison system is both a devastating moral blight on our society and an overwhelming economic burden on our tax dollars, taking away much needed resources from schools, health care and affordable housing. The prison system is corrupting our society and making us more threatened, rather than protecting us as its proponents claim. It is a system built on fear, racism, and the exploitation of poverty. Our current prison system has no place in a society that aspires to liberty, justice, and equality for all.

As architects, we are responsible for one of the most expensive parts of the prison system, the construction of new prison buildings. Almost all of us would rather be using our professional skills to design positive social institutions such as universities or playgrounds, but these institutions lack funding because of spending on prisons. If we would rather design schools and community centers, we must stop building prisons.
Please join members of Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) in pledging to not participate in the design, construction, or renovation of prisons. We also invite you to learn more about the prison system, to join us in envisioning more just and productive alternatives to incarceration, and to work towards a society that treats all its members with dignity, equality, and justice.

* this campaign is fully described at - click on "Prison Alternatives Initiative"

** please indicate your profession, if relevant, in the "Why is this important to you" field. You do not need to be an architect, designer or planner to sign this pledge.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Jackie Lincoln SHERMAN OAKS, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      People in this country are not aware of how many people are incarcerated for way too long, and the risk to everyone in this country. People don't notice until it unfairly affects someone they know. The white collar and nonviolent drug sentences are breaking families in this country and in some cases amounting to life sentences. We are way beyond any other country in the world, This is not the land of the free. We need change!

    • Michael McHugh CAMBRIDGE, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      The prison system has become a 'for profit' enterprise with a financial incentive to keep these facilities filled. People can be shipped around away from any family support system exacerbating the break from society rather than healing it. It is a system of punishment rather than rehabilitation where the rich are treated very differently than the poor. It is a model of all that is wrong in our society.

    • lillie stillwagon CONELLSVILLE, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I have a son in prison,who i feel as done way more time than the crime merited..i know alot of people who have done more wrong and got way less time,and probation...also they were not first time offenders...there is no justice...just a system,and a categorized system at that....Grrrr.

    • sara ruff MOUNTPLEASANT, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      alot of people could be placed on house arrest and pay their own way.


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