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Prison Campaign Poster Finalists

ADPSR offers congratulations to the winner, runners-up, and other finalists in this competition. We respect the work, care, passion, and thought put into all the entries, and are heartened that this level and variety of design talent can share a common goal of improving society. The posters speak for themselves.

We also thank our selection panel for the competition:

Ray Beldner, Artist & Teacher
Rose Braz, Director, Critical Resistance
Lisa Findley, Professor of Architecture, CCA
Michael Marcum, Assistant Sheriff (retired), San Francisco Sheriff’s Department
Raphael Sperry, Architect, President of ADPSR
Donna Willmott, Family Advocacy Coordinator, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

The winning design was printed poster-size and distributed to architects, designers, planners, design schools, and other interested organizations. The two runners-up were printed as postcards for distribution as well. The other finalist entries can be made available to other non-profits for public use in most circumstances. For copies of the posters or postcards or other entries, please contact prisons@adpsr.org.






Miguel Bermudez, Ann Arbor, MI

The concept and issue were relatively unknown to me. After doing some research, I wanted to capture the same emotion and power I felt when I first discovered the statistics. I feel that the imagery along with the text achieves that.


William Arbizu &Kerstin Vogdes, Brooklyn, NY

…It is our wish for our poster design to assist in calling attention to the tragedy if incarceration that is currently undermining-indeed destroying-segments of our society. As architects and designers, we create social spaces that can support beneficial, or harmful perceptions of self and others…We decide for ourselves, what limitations are real.


Jan Sabach, Brooklyn, NY

…One of the ways for me as a designer is to promote or help other organizations that already do that. I didn’t know anything about the prison problem before reading about it on your web site and other sources that cover the topic. I knew right away I wanted to be part of ADPSR’s campaign. By employing standard emotionless symbols often used in design and architecture combined with a very tight poster layout and limited color palette I tried to communicate some basic human emotions such a anxiety, fear, loneliness and sadness.


Troy West, Architect, Wakefield, RI

The mechanical perfection of the computer generated image is replaced by the raw immediacy of sticks of charcoal drawn on a discarded sheet of plywood, covered over with used paint. An image inspired by prisoners confined to a black and grey world by a society that has temporarily (we hope) placed fear above compassion.

Carlos Castellanos, Earlimart, CA

We punish and don’t rehabilitate. We spend millions on prison and shrink school budgets. Are we on the right path or have our priorities been miscalculated?

Allison Colley, Palmdale, CA

My approach to this poster design involved a mixture of textual moods…By cutting holes in the warehouse complex, and filling these holes with information, I sought to imply that through the thoughtful absence of architecture, knowledge can be gained, and social issues addressed. It is my hope that not only architects, who hold vital social influence, will participate in the boycott, but that community members will contribute by educating themselves about the issue.

Carol King & Nathan Pyatte, Sarasota, FL

[A] good opportunity to use our design skills for a good cause.

Pierre-Antoine Robitaille, Montreal, QC

Stella Tan, Victoria, Australia

…The concept of “cancel out” is simply that. The marks have connotation on prison walls to note ‘till how many days out. But with architects and designers, we commonly use chalk and do markings on paper and walls to denote messages as well. The mark in itself speaks to both Architect and prison management about its cause and purpose.

Renaud Charin, New York, NY

… a striking visual which graphically convey the idea behind your cause. The bold visuals were chosen to stimulate the viewer sub-conscience and entice him to look or more information on your site.




Juan Carlos Osorio, Mililani, HI

…After a few years working with criminal offices, police departments, and other sectors of the government like a freelance, I became a total believer that “The Criminals” are people whose confusion makes them live as if in the middle of nowhere. In the illustration I am showing the madness and craziness that somebody can feel at the moment that they are watching through the gates and bars of a jail…



Allison Ross