December 1, 2022

EP. 139 — Art and Prison Reform with Jesse Krimes

Artist and activist Jesse Krimes joins Jameela to share his powerful story. He describes his experience being incarcerated, discusses how solitary confinement was used as a manipulation tactic, explains the ways that prison is both violent and human, shares the way the prisoners were manipulated, details the racism which pervades the system, and explores how art saved his life in more ways than one.

Check out Jesse Krimes’ documentary – ART & Krimes by Krimes – now streaming on Paramount+

Follow Jesse on Instagram and Twitter @jesse_krimes


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IWEIGH-139-20221130-JesseKrimes-ACv01-DYN.mp3 Jameela [00:00:00] Hello and welcome to another episode of I Weigh with Jameela Jamil. I hope you’re well and I hope you’re ready because this is a fucking bonkers chat. My guest is so impressive that I was left in shock for a few hours after talking to him because his story is not only really inspiring, but is deeply, deeply humbling. What he’s been able to do with so much trauma just decades of trauma, how he’s been able to turn them into social justice work and advocacy. It’s very rare that anyone is ever able to be able to pull themselves back from truly the depths of hell and then go on to be able to try to save others. And the work that he’s doing is potentially going to change millions and millions and millions of people’s lives. His name is Jesse Krimes. He’s a Philadelphia based artist, curator, advocate and the co-founder of Right of Return USA. Now, in 2009, after a traumatic childh

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