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  • Writer's pictureMaggie Freleng

Episode 20: Sara Bennett

Sara Bennett copyright Cory Rice

Sara Bennett spent 18 years as a public defender before turning her passion for helping people into art. She now photographs women in and after prison hoping to shed light on extremely long and life sentences. Sara and Maggie talk about her work as a public defender and some specific cases she covered. One case completely shook her and triggered the switch to photo activism. They also talk about parole, how women doing time differs from men, re-entry for women, and the humanity of the people we lock up.

Sara’s art has been widely exhibited and featured in publications like The New York Times, The New Yorker Photo Booth, and Variety & Rolling Stone’s “American (In)Justice.” Right now she has art up in New York City at MOMA PS1 in the “Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration” exhibit along with folks who have made art from inside prison.


Bedroom - Junior

Bedroom - Leah

Looking Inside - Assia

Looking Inside - Sahiah

Bedroom - Tracy

Looking Inside - Kat


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