My interest in incarceration comes from a sort of sheltered familiarity with the victim's perspective.
My (step-)brother lost someone close to him shortly after we first met, but before we became family. This loss came as the result of a violent crime.
The man responsible was sentenced to over a decade in prison. Over the years I watched how this affected my brother and when the person responsible for the crime was released (due to his guilty plea and cooperation through the investigation), I saw the anger resurface at the thought of this man being set free.
This led me to wonder what life after release was like and subsequently examine and explore the phrase "debt to society". Is that debt ever truly repaid, or does it linger and follow beyond the sentence served? Is that debt shouldered by the person responsible, or does the punishment diffuse to include those close to the offender?
These are some of the questions my work on incarceration seeks answers to.