One of the major civil rights issues of our time is the incarceration of disproportionate numbers of Black and Latino men. While they make up less than one-third of the total male population in the United States, they account for more than 60% of the two million men populating America’s prisons. Since his election as Dallas District Attorney in 2008, Craig Watkins has overturned more than 30 wrongful convictions in Texas prisons.
Justice for All is the title I imagine would be given to a biography about Watkins, as the man spends his life fighting to ensure that innocent people are not imprisoned. For the cover of the book, I created a portrait of Watkins in scratchboard. Through the process of scratching away light from the dark expanse of the board, I wanted to convey the hope that Watkins is helping bring to the disadvantaged, the light that can be seen though prison bars.