Levon and Kennedy: Mississippi Innocence Project
January 2018

In the early 1990s in a small disadvantaged community in rural Mississippi, Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer were wrongfully convicted in separate trials of capital murder. Brooks, despite an alibi, was sentenced to life and was imprisoned for 18 years. A few years later Brewer was convicted and sentenced to death. He was incarcerated for 15 years. In 2008 the Innocence Project in New York exonerated both men. 

In 2012, photographer Isabelle Armand came across an article about these two cases, and for the next five years, she spent several weeks each year documenting Brooks, Brewer, their families and their environment. This intimate photographic essay, akin to looking in a mirror, puts faces on the victims of wrongful convictions. It seeks to raise consciousness, challenge popular perceptions about poverty and inequality in our criminal justice system, and demands that we confront these critical issues.

Art in America

112-page publication with photographs by Isabelle Armand and texts by Tucker Carrington

Published by powerHouse Books; 11 × 9⅝"

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