Peter Merts’ Illuminating Photos of America’s Prison Arts Programs

For 15 years, photographer Peter Merts has documented people who are incarcerated as they participate in prison arts programs. The portraits, which have been released in Merts’ new book, Ex Crucible: The Passion of Incarcerated Artists, reveal new perspectives about the limits of the carceral system as well as the power of the arts. One such image depicts the theater class at Ironwood State Prison and focuses …

Boobs on Drugs Tote

From Edie Parker founder and designer Brett Heyman’s playful but sophisticated cannabis-centric line, called Flower, this Boobs on Drugs tote riffs on the iconic anti-drug PSA from the ’80s, but with a decidedly less bleak approach. Aware of the injustice of the prison system—specifically historical cannabis incarcerations—the label promises 15% of the profits from the Boobs on Drugs collection will be donated to the Women’s …

Not One Person T-Shirt

From cannabis-delivery service BlackBirdGo, the Not One Person T-shirt makes its statement perfectly clear: “No one person should be in prison for cannabis.” The message—along with a black and white photo—is screen-printed on the garment, emphasizing the work that still needs to be done in providing justice to those incarcerated for cannabis-related incidents. To that end, proceeds from this shirt go to the Last Prisoner Project—a …