Resources on Incarceration
Kolbe House is proud to feature this gallery of original art by the children and adults incarcerated in Cook County.
Art communicates things too deep for words. Much that is found in here has been featured over the past 10 years in our monthly publication, Making Choices. The images tell stories of hope, faith and conversion.
We invite you to prayerfully browse this gallery and join in a spirit of solidarity with these artists and all detainees.
In the News
People have a lot to say about the Art of the Incarcerated program and its benefits. Below you find articles from top-tier Catholic publications discussing the impact and transformative power of art as a medium for self-expression.
Kolbe House produces and distributes Making Choices, a publication written by and for inmates.
Making Choices is a newsletter featuring poems, writings, drawings and reflections written and created by those incarcerated. It provides them an opportunity for healing and change through self-expression and helps others realize they're not alone. We receive more letters and articles than we can publish, more than 1,500 pieces of mail each year.
We began publishing Making Choices as another way to reach out to young people at the Cook County Juvenile Center. The first issue was published on November 16, 1991. As more and more teens were transferred to Illinois prisons, we began a second newsletter for adults called Writing Out. Eventually, the two newsletters were combined, and today, Making Choices is read by all those in jails and prisons in Illinois. In 2002, Making Choices began production in collaboration with the Precious Blood Ministry for Reconciliation.
We print over 1,000 copies every month and mail about 500 copies to men and women in prison. There is no subscription charge to receive this publication, and the annual cost of Making Choices is about $8,500 per year. If you’re interested in helping us further offer this publication, then click here to donate.
Most gracious Father,
Bless with your special care all jails, penitentiaries and homes of refuge.
Look with pity on those who are housed there.
Guide and protect those who have returned to the world.
Grant all of them true contrition for past sins, and strengthen them in their good resolutions.
Lead them along from grace to grace so that by the help of the Holy Spirit they may persevere in the ways of obedience and humility, and in the struggle against evil thoughts and desires.
Grant the Holy Spirit to those engaged in teaching and training them, that they might have a right judgment with respect to those entrusted to them. May they labor for love of your with deep humility and singleness of purpose, purity of heart and life, and true zeal for your glory and the salvation of souls.
Give them faith and love to sustain them in disappointment, love and patience toward those under them, and in your own good time crown their work with an eternal recompense.
St Cyprian of Carthage, Bishop, Martyr and Doctor