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    14 Years on Death Row (2016)

    Glenford Baptist, 44, had spent more than 13 years on death row after being convicted of murder in November 2001. At the time of his sentencing, the death penalty was automatic for homicides, but that was declared unconstitutional and replaced with a discretionary regime a year later. His attorney Priscilla Banner argued before the […]

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    15 to Life – Kenneth’s Story (2013)

    Does sentencing a teenager to life without parole serve our society well? The United States is the only country in the world that routinely condemns children to die in prison. This is the story of one of those children, now a young man, seeking a second chance in Florida. At age 15, Kenneth Young […]

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    Aryan Brotherhood (2007)

    In the maximum-security prison world of murderers, they are the most feared. With nicknames like “The Beast” and “The Hulk”, the Aryan Brotherhood are the most violent criminals behind bars. National Geographic goes behind bars to unveil the secrets of the vicious gangs of white supremacists in prisons. Jailhouse interviews and surveillance footage reveal […]

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    At Night I Fly (2011)

    In At Night I Fly: Images from New Folsom, inmates at one of California’s most maximum security prisons let us see their world. This world is less about dangerous drama and more, as one of them describes, “about isolation. About closure of both the mind and the heart. And the spirit.” The documentary shows […]

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    At the Death House Door (2008)

    The documentary makers behind “Hoop Dreams” and “Stevie” turn their lens on capital punishment in “At the Death House Door,” an involving film with fresh perspectives that should ensure appeal on the activist and festival circuits. Basically a conversion story, it centers on Carroll Pickett, a proud and righteous jailhouse chaplain in Huntsville, Texas, […]

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    Cruel and Unusual (2006)

    Amagine being a woman in a men’s prison. For many individuals, this is a grim reality because the U.S. prison system decides where to place inmates based on their genitalia, not their gender identity. This award-winning documentary makes an unflinching examination of transgender women in men’s prisons. Ashley, Linda, Anna, Yolanda and Ophelia describe […]

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    Death Row Stories – Season 1 (2014)

    CNN is by and large still a cable news outlet, but a movement under the leadership of network president Jeff Zucker to provide more alternative, entertainment-based programming is clearly afoot, and “Death Row Stories” is a prime example. The eight-part documentary — the result of a collaboration with Academy Award-winning directors Robert Redford (“Ordinary […]

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    Dhamma Brothers (2008)

    The Dhamma Brothers is a documentary film released in 2008 about a prison meditation program at Donaldson Correctional Facility near Bessemer, Alabama. The film features four inmates, all convicted of murder, and includes interviews with guards, prison officials, local residents and other inmates, and reenactments of their crimes.their crimes. Wikipedia IMDB (7.5/10)

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    Fourteen Days in May (1988)

    “14 Days in May” has been set in the state of Mississippi in 1979. It is about the story of Edward Earl Johnson (EEJ) who is a black male charged with the shooting dead of a police Marshall and the attempted rape of a 60 year old woman. Now EEJ had spent the last […]

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    Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (2007)

    The problem with the Fox thriller “24” is not that it justifies torture but that it fosters the illusion that the American government is good at it.The practices of Abu Ghraib suggest the opposite. The mystery of that shameful episode was not the cruelty of American troops assigned there. After the initial disbelief over […]

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    Girlhood (2003)

    Shanae was arrested for murder at the age of 12, after stabbing a friend to death. Megan’s mother was a drug-addled prostitute, and after being placed in, and escaping from, nearly a dozen foster homes, Megan committed a violent crime. These girls are the subjects of Liz Garbus’ documentary, Girlhood. Garbus encountered the girls […]