Reggie Bullock, Amerika's Death Business, 2020, mixed media, created for Professor Barbara Junisbai's ORST100, Organizational Theory for incarcerated students at the California Rehabilitation Center.
Reggie Bullock drew inspiration for this piece from his personal life. Having experienced growing up in group homes, juvenile facilities, jails, and—for the past 16 years—prisons, he wanted to convey the historical aspects that these types of facilities breed with the term “social death,” borrowed from sociologist Orlando Patterson. The artist aims to show how the inhumane procedures, policies, and layers of the carceral state are falsely presented to the American public in the guise of rehabilitation. The reality, however, is the financial reaping by the prison-industrial complex off the social, physical, and sometimes deadly punishment of those who fill these facilities: American Citizens. Excited to learn and eager to reenter society, Reggie awaits the chance to be a part the community and give back through transformative and collaborative healing and practices. He is currently a student in Professor Barbara Junisbai’s Organizational Theory for incarcerated students at the California Rehabilitation Center.