This new zine about girls in conflict with the law was illustrated and written by teaching artist Rachel Marie-Crane Williams. This is part of a larger collaborative initiative called the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline Comic Arts Zine Project. This initiative brought together the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Project NIA, and the Chicago Freedom School to develop a series of four zines, created by the teaching artists, Rachel Marie-Crane Williams and Elgin-Bokari T. Smith; and youth at the Chicago Freedom School and the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC).
The zines feature the voices of youth affected by the juvenile justice system: the History of the Juvenile Court in IL, Girls in the System, Youth Stories (of the Incarcerated), and the School-to-Prison Pipeline. This zine series was developed in connection with “Unfinished Business–Juvenile Justice,” the community-curated exhibit at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, on view through August 2011.
You can download Girls in the System here as a PDF.
All other zines in the series can be downloaded from the Juvenile Injustice site.