Written by Adam Bryce
PICS FOR THE KIDS, a new fundraising initiative to help at-risk kids in New York State.
The US incarceration rate is the highest of any nation in the world and a perpetual cycle of arrests and imprisonment has become the norm within many low-income communities.
Avenues For Justice is a service that aims to keep kids out of prison in New York by providing counselling, training, education and employment assistance as an alternative.
In New York State, the cost for a youth in a juvenile detention centre is US$353,000 per year. Only about 25 to 50 per cent remain crime-free after their release. In contrast, one year in the Avenues For Justice programme costs US$5,200 and has an incredibly high success rate of 90 per cent.
More than 50 of today’s best-known artists, including New Zealanders Thistle Brown and Sharna Osborne, contributed with original photography and artworks to Pics For The Kids — a fundraising initiative donating all proceeds to Avenues for Justice.
Bag Foot Print by Katie Burnett.
Lou’s Hand by Inez & Vinoodh.
Untitled by Sharna Osborne x Tiaki.
Rafik With Flowers by Thistle Brown.