Research and Evaluation

Please visit the Prison Arts Resource Project for a collection of scholarly research on arts in the U.S. prison system.

Brewster, L. (1983) An Evaluation of the Arts-in-Corrections Program of the California Department of Corrections William James Association Prison Arts Program

Brewster, L. (2012) Paths of Discovery: Art Practice and Its Impact on California Prisons San Quentin Prison Arts Project

California Lawyers for the Arts (2017) Arts in Corrections: County Jails Project

Cohen, M. (2008) Meanings and practices of select U.S. male prison choirs Community Music Activity

Cohen, M. L. (2009) Choral singing and prison inmates: Influences of singing in a prison choir Journal of Correctional Education, 60, 1, 52-65

Cohen, M. L. (2008) Conductors’ Perceptions of Kansas Prison Choirs International Journal of Community Music, 1, 3, 319-333

Cohen, M. L. (2007) Explorations of inmate and volunteer choral experiences in a prison-based choir Australian Journal of Music Education, 1, 61-72

Elsila, M. (1996) Music Behind Bars: Liberatory musicology in two Michigan prisons University of Michigan (Dissertation)

Gardner, A. et al (2014) Prison Arts Resource Project

Garner, B. (ed.) (2005) Focus on Basics: Connecting Research and Practice – Special Issue on Corrections Education.

Harbert, B. (2004-Present) Louisiana and California: Music in State Prisons

Jacobi, T. (2003) Contraband Literacies: Incarcerated Women and Writing-as-Activism Dissertation, Syracuse University

John Jay College of Criminal Justice (2003) Research Study on Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA)

Kessler, S. et. al (2010) Research Study on Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA) Purchase College, SUNY and New York State Department of Correctional Service

Mer, B. (2011) Arts in Prison: Lessons from the United Kingdom

Moller, L. (2004) Prison Within a Prison: A Burkean Analysis of the Sing Sing Stage Production of ‘Slam’ Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture 10 (3) 181-198

Northeastern University Archives. Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts records, 1954-1992. 

Schrift, M. (2006) Angola Prison Art: Captivity, Creativity, and Consumerism Journal of American Folklore 119 (473)

Stanford, A.F. (2005) Where love flies free: women, home, and writing in Cook County Jail Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community Volume 30, Issue 1-2

Thorn, L (2012) Naked state: creativity and the empowerment of incarcerated women and girls