“Families Behind Bars: The Cycle of Imprisonment” by Michael L. Jones

LEO Weekly Jan. 20, 2016 cover story: Families behind bars: The cycle of imprisonment by Michael L. JonesI shot the photos for the story published in the Jan. 20, 2016 issue of the LEO Weekly, “Families Behind Bars: The Cycle of Imprisonment” by Michael L. Jones.

I worked with Michael on this piece on the the costs of incarceration on the families of the incarcerated over five shoots, two at the jail. We spoke with those affected the most, the family members waiting for the release of loved ones and those in jail waiting to go home, and the jailers that keep them.

“Communities pay a high cost for the cycle of imprisonment — both literally and figuratively. Metro Corrections has about 1,800 prisoners on any given day. Bolton says it costs $72 a day to incarcerate a prisoner. The charges go up to $340 a day if the inmate has physical or mental health issues. According to the Prison Policy Initiative, Kentucky has the seventh-highest incarceration rate in the world. Our state imprisons 948 people per 100,000 residents compared to the national average of 716 people for every 100,000 residents, which is still higher than most industrial nations.”

Here’s a gallery of some of the portraits made for the story: