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Art Description

  • Living with Conviction: Sentenced to Debt for Life in Washington State is a collection of photographic portraits and personal narratives of formerly incarcerated individuals who are struggling to survive and thrive under the debt of legal financial obligations (LFOs), which courts impose on criminal defendants at the time of sentencing. LFOs accrue interest at a rate of 12%, which means that by the time a person gets out of prison, their debt has increased substantially. Failure to make monthly payments may result in arrest.

About Us

  • Founded by photographer and attorney Deborah Espinosa, Living with Conviction: Sentenced to Debt for Life in Washington State is an education and advocacy project that uses visual storytelling to educate and advocate for needed criminal justice reform in Washington State, particularly related to legal barriers that formerly incarcerated individuals face in reentering their communities.
  • I Did the Time¬†is a Spokane-based grassroots organization that¬†supports individuals and families who are working to overcome barriers associated with past offenses with political advocacy and organizing.