Blogspot: 10 Haunting Images Documenting Mental Health in US Jails


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Jen Ackerman and Tim Gruber

Husband and wife team based in Minneapolis. Their work has been featured in the Communication Arts Photography Annual, American Photography, the PDN Photo Annual and more.



In 2008, Jenn Ackerman spent months inside the Kentucky State Reformatory jail capturing images of the extreme mental health issues plaguing both the system and the inmates.

“The continuous withdrawal of mental health funding has turned jails and prisons across the nation into the default mental health facilities. The system designed for security is now trapped with treating mental illness and the mentally ill are often trapped inside the system with nowhere else to go.”

To see more, scroll through the gallery at the top of the page, watch their Emmy-Award winning short film below, or view the full project at



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