A Powerful Photo Series Shows 9 People Revealing Their Secret Illegal Acts

What comes to mind when you think of a criminal? Really, take a minute to imagine it. I'll be here when you're ready... [crickets] All right, so what did you come up with? Any chance it was yourself? I'm not trying to call you a bad person, but I'd be willing to bet you've committed a crime or two in your day. Whether you were caught is another matter entirely. Take a look at the photos below ... what would your sign say?



Possession of controlled substances:

Negligent provocation of wildfire:



Aggravated robbery:


Possession of controlled substances:

A note from the photographer:

"We Are All Criminals seeks to challenge society’s perception of what it means to be a criminal and how much weight a record should be given, when truly — we are all criminals.

But it is also a commentary on the disparate impact of our nation’s policies, policing, and prosecution: many of the project's participants benefited from belonging to a class and race that is not overrepresented in the criminal justice system. Permanent and public criminal records perpetuate inequities, precluding millions of people from countless opportunities to move on and move up.

We Are All Criminals questions the wisdom and fairness in those policies."

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