360 Degrees Multimedia Project

The 360 Degrees Project offers perspectives on the U.S. criminal justice system via stories, links, data, and graphics. This is an ongoing accumulation of content relating to the topic of incarceration and its effects on families and communities.

Apart from the interesting content that you can find throughout this site (example: “The U.S. population comprises only 5 percent of the total world population; however, our prison population constitutes 25 percent of the total world’s prison population”), the Flash version is very spiffy and well-crafted. Clearly someone is dumping a LOT of time and energy into this project.

Despite all the labor dumped into this site, I’m not enamored with it. I WANT to really, really like it, but I just don’t. Maybe it’s a sense of too much information. Maybe it’s a sense of information being presented as data – I’m not finding the emotional connection to pull me through the content. Or frankly to keep me looking through all the information.

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