Zine pushes back at pri­son clichés

Broken Pencil - - Table Contents - by Caleb De Jong …

YOU MIGHT SUP­POSE that Be­yond the Stats (BTS) wants to ex­plode nar­ra­tives and as­sump­tions. As the name im­plies, the col­lec­tive of for­merly in­car­cer­ated and sys­tem-im­pacted stu­dents at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Davis works to defy sta­tis­ti­cal trends vis-à-vis scholas­tic achieve­ment af­ter pri­son. Their most re­cent tac­tic? Zines, of course. “We started the zine as a way for us to tell our own sto­ries, be­yond re­search or sta­tis­tics,” said BTS co-founder Tina Curiel-allen. “We try to have the zine also be a cri­tique of the sys­tems that cre­ated the so­cial prob­lems we are prod­ucts of.” Their third is­sue, which ad­dresses men­tal health is­sues, is due fall 2018. (Caleb De Jong)

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