Art for Justice

It is my belief that incarceration in the United States, the highest rate in the world, is the result of interlocking, inhumane, inequitable and ineffective policies and practices that are corroding the fabric of our society.

Art for Justice seeks to engage viewers in conversations about collective justice and individual worth through art. We display prisoner art that reaches across deep divides in our society, reveals our shared humanity and stimulates dialogue about how to achieve a more functional, accessible system of justice for all.


Art for Justice supports and exhibits prisoner art to engage viewers in conversations about individual worth and collective justice.

We believe an individual’s artwork, no matter where it is made, brings to life the unique creativity of the maker. Through the artwork the artist tells a story that initiates a conversation with each viewer. One of the ways that a prisoner, locked far from society behind layers of barricades, can communicate with the larger society, is through art.

The Art for Justice exhibit reached across deep divides in our society, reveals our shared humanity, and stimulates dialog about how to achieve a functional, accessible system of justice for all.

The three artists showcased by Art for Justice are currently incarcerated. You can read their stories & statements here:

Charles Z. Lawson –

Daniel Gwynn –

Rene A. Ortiz –

Program Information

  • Location: 1207 Chestnut St., 2nd floor Philadelphia, PA 19107

  • Phone: 215-525-0460

  • Email:

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Karam Mounzer, MD

Dr. Mounzer identified two major gaps in the care of patients with HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection, and the complexity of multidrug-resistant HIV treatment. He is involved with many clinical trials focusing on drug development and better understanding of HIV immunopathogenesis with the Wistar Institute. He is involved in teaching and mentoring.

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Dr. Mario Cruz

Dr. Mario CruzDr. Cruz is a board certified pediatrician who serves as the Medical Director for our Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center. He has presented and/or published in the fields of community violence and domestic violence prevention, quality improvement, behavioral health, curriculum development and mentorship. In 2019 he received the Greater Philadelphia Social Innovation Award for Innovations in Healthcare.

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