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The roots of incarceration

The American criminal justice system currently confines over 2.3 million people, more people per capita than any other nation. The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College takes a closer look this fall at one of the most pressing issues facing the country. “States of Incarceration,” a traveling multimedia exhibition that explores the history and future of prisons in the United States, runs from Sept. 2 to Oct. 11. In each of 20 participating communities, the exhibit tackles an issue of incarceration unique to the area. In Saratoga Springs, Skidmore students worked with history professor Eric Morser to study Mount McGregor prison, closed by state officials in 2014. They interviewed men convicted of a variety of crimes, as well as prison staff, collecting images and artifacts. For the full slate of public events related to the exhibition, including lectures, discussions, a movie screening, and poetry and story labs, visit

Tang admission is a suggested donation of $5 for adults, $3 for children over 12, and $2 for seniors; students, children under 12 and Friends of Tang members are free. Closed Mondays. Hours are 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays during the academic year. For more information, visit or call (518) 580-8080.

Kirsten Ferguson is arts editor of Saratoga Living.



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