Birds of Paradise

This drawing series is of federal inmates.  2006-2012




Nearly 1 in every 100 adults in The United States is currently incarcerated, it is the largest prison population in the world.    



It is 7:45 AM  and inmates are watching unit B from the three surrounding units. An ambulance whose driver did not get the script is driving up slowly. They watch as medical personnel rush a man out of the building on a stretcher and stop by the side of the walking track, next to the road that runs through the back end of the compound. They appear to give the man CPR before loading him into the ambulance. Word quickly spreads around the compound that the man had died of an overdose in his bed, some say as early as 4:00 AM.