This minimal political cartoon by Paul Conrad is great commentary on the use of technology and the acts of courts in the American justice system. Occasionally minorities and mentally impaired defendants are sent to prisons by circumstantial evidence or they have similar profiles to other criminals. A significant quantity of inmates in prison are in jail for false information. DNA testing is now a more efficient method of narrowing down perpetrators and finding felons.
Besides the causes and corrections this illustration is addressing it still shows the idea of prisoners sentenced to death and imprisonment as unknown entities. The inmate number instead of a name removes the personification of the grave stone. The plot being just dug up with dirt clogs visible indicates the recent burial and that it is a contemporary issue. The background shows more graves that are casted over with shadow and moving out of place. The other graves are more forgotten or unaddressed judicial sentences. I think this piece by Conrad ideally shows the void and eeriness on the subject of the death penalty and proving innocence.