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Mothers of Bedford - Women in Prison
Women are the fastest-growing U.S. prison population today. Eighty percent are mothers of school-age children. Jenifer McShane's absorbing documentary gives human dimensions to these rarely reported statistics, taking us inside Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison north of…
It's Criminal - Women Discuss Privilege, Poverty, and Injustice in America
Two worlds collide when Dartmouth College students meet with incarcerated women at a local jail in this transformational documentary about privilege, poverty, and injustice. IT'S CRIMINAL highlights the wide economic and social inequality that divides the United States and offers…
Milwaukee 53206 - America's Mass Incarceration Crisis
The United States has the most prisoners of any nation in the world both in raw numbers and by percentage of the population. These numbers are further compounded within Milwaukee's mostly African-American 53206 zip code, where 62% of adult men…
The Survivor's Guide to Prison - Exploring the Current State of the US Prison System
You're more likely to go to prison in the USA than any other country in the world. THE SURVIVORS GUIDE TO PRISON explores the current state of the US prison system, focusing on the experiences of two wrongly convicted men,…
Titicut Follies - The Massachusetts State Prison for the Criminally Insane
This important film is a stark and graphic portrayal of the conditions that existed at the State Prison for the Criminally Insane at Bridgewater, Massachusetts. TITICUT FOLLIES documents the various ways the inmates are treated by the guards, social workers…
The Work - Group Therapy with Folsom Prison Inmates
Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, THE WORK follows three men from outside as they participate in a four-day group therapy retreat with level-four convicts. Over the four days, each man in the room takes his turn at…
Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story - A Man Falsely Accused of Killing his Wife Fights for Justice in Texas
An Audience Award-winning film at the SXSW Film Festival, this is a stunning true-crime documentary with human core. In 1986 Michael Morton's wife Christine is brutally murdered in front of their only child, and Michael is convicted of the crime.…
The Grey Area - Feminism Behind Bars
An intimate look at women's issues in the criminal justice system and the unique experience of studying feminism behind bars. Through a series of captivating class discussions, headed by students from Grinnell College, a small group of female inmates at…
They Call Us Monsters - A Sensitive Look at Teenage Offenders
Juan, Jarad and Antonio, all young teens, face decades in prison. While the gravity of their crimes is great, these young men are still simply teenagers. Do they deserve a second chance? To some, they're kids. To others, they're monsters.…
Kings of Baxter - Can Twelve Teenage Offenders Conquer Macbeth?
In this moving documentary, one of Australia's leading theatre companies, Bell Shakespeare, enters one of the country's largest juvenile justice centres. KINGS OF BAXTER explores the challenging and emotional journey of the young offenders and their teachers as they attempt…
Dogs On The Inside - Abused Dogs and Prison Inmates Healing
Dogs on the Inside follows the relationships between abused dogs and prison inmates working towards a second chance. In an attempt to re-build their confidence and prepare for a new life, these prisoners must learn to handle and care for…
Cruel and Unusual - Black Panthers Fighting for Justice in Prison
This is the story of the Angola Three, three remarkable men - Robert King, Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox - who as members of the Black Panther Party have been fighting for justice since the early 1970s. For decades left…
The Prison in Twelve Landscapes - An Examination of the American Prison System
An essential documentary, Brett Story's incisive, investigative and wide-ranging THE PRISON IN TWELVE LANDSCAPES is an examination of the prison and its place - social, economic and psychological - in American society. Filmmaker Brett Story excavates the often-unseen links and…
The Released - The Cyclical Incarceration of Ex-Cons with Mental Illnesses
Part of the Series: Frontline
PBS
A rare and intimate look into the lives of mentally ill offenders struggling to make it on the outside. This year alone, hundreds of thousands of prisoners with serious mental illnesses will be released into communities across America. Within 18…
The System - Policing and Mass Incarceration
Part of the Series: America Divided
Common returns to his hometown of Chicago - a city on fire in the aftermath of the brutal police killing of teenager Laquan McDonald. With thousands of people in the streets, Chicago has become the epicenter of national debates around…
Last Day of Freedom - A Man Reflects on His Brother's Crime and Imprisonment
Created from over 32,000 hand-drawn images, this Oscar-nominated animated documentary follows Bill as he struggles with a decision to stand by his brother, a Veteran returning from war who faces racism, criminal charges, and ultimately the death penalty. The film…
The Seventh Fire - A Native American Gang Leader Confronts His Violent Past
Executive produced by Terrence Malick, Natalie Portman, and Chris Eyre, THE SEVENTH FIRE is a fascinating new documentary about the Native American gang crisis. When Rob Brown, a Native American gang leader on a remote Minnesota reservation, is sentenced to…
Two Americans - Fighting Deportation in Arizona
The parents of a 9-year old girl are arrested in Arizona when America's Toughest Sheriff Joe Arpaio, raids a local car wash suspected of hiring undocumented workers. As Kathy fights to prevent her parents' deportation, a community group succeeds in…
Breathin': The Eddy Zheng Story - The Youngest San Quentin State Prisoner On His Road to Freedom
Arrested at 16 and tried as an adult for kidnapping and robbery, Eddy Zheng served over 20 years in California prisons and jails. Ben Wang's BREATHIN': THE EDDY ZHENG STORY paints an intimate portrait of Eddy -- the prisoner, the…
Prison State - The Cycle of Incarceration in America
Part of the Series: Frontline
PBS
With this intimate, graphic film, award-winning director Dan Edge follows four residents of a housing project in Louisville, Ky., as they cycle in and out of the state's jails and prisons. More than two years in the making, the program…