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    Hard Time: Predator and Prey (2012)

    Prison is a world marked by power – those who have it and those who don’t. For four years, Hard Time has followed the lives of inmates across the country. And in every prison, the powerful can choose to prey on the weak and the weak do their best to stay out of harm’s […]

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    Imprisoned by insanity (2013)

    Prisoners of a psychiatric ward. They are criminal offenders suffering from mental disorders. Can anything help their troubled souls and minds? Artist Aleksandr Semyonov tries to relieve their suffering with art therapy. ‘When I first started the art therapy course here, I was afraid of them. Their first results just shocked me. They were […]

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    Inside the Gangsters Code (2013)

    In this compelling new series from Discovery, ex-Mafia insider Lou Ferrente goes Inside the Gangsters Code and reveals the untold secrets of the world’s hidden leaders: gangsters whose international reach and power has grown to epic levels. Having served almost 10 years in maximum security prisons across the USA, Lou uses his insider knowledge […]

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    Kid Criminals (2015)

    ‘Kid Criminals’ is all about rehabilitation in an Indiana prison, it’s about erasing an action that may otherwise, destroy these kid’s futures. Although, perhaps that in itself is a bit of an oxymoron, as deleting a prison sentence on paper, certainly doesn’t hold up against this televised admittance of their crimes. Despite the confused […]

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    Locked Up In America (2014)

    For decades, the United States has been fixated on incarceration, building prisons and locking up more and more people. But at what cost, and has it really made a difference? FRONTLINE goes to the epicenter of the raging debate about incarceration in America, focusing on the controversial practice of solitary confinement and on new […]

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    Lost for Life (2013)

    In the United States, more than 2,500 individuals are serving life-without-parole sentences for crimes they committed when they were 17 years old or younger. A powerful new documentary, “Lost for Life,” tells the stories of these individuals, their families and the families of the victims. The film is the result of writer-director-producer Joshua Rofé’s […]

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    Louis Theroux: Behind Bars (2008)

    It was ranked the tenth most watched programme of the decade on BBC Two when it was first aired in 2008, after gaining 5.81 million viewers. The day after the film was first broadcast, it accounted for 27% of the activity on the BBC iPlayer, and it was the second most-watched programme on the […]

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    Love Crimes of Kabul (2011)

    The women-in-prison genre has seldom seen an entry like “Love Crimes of Kabul,” in which documaker Tanaz Eshaghian directly indicts Afghani society for its treatment of women and indirectly indicts the West for its involvement in a system so mortifyingly barbaric. HBO exposure will give the pic a good ride, but festival play and […]

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    Marked: Pure Evil (2009)

    In the 18th century, Russian criminals were branded with the word ‘KAT’ across their face; decades later, prisoners began to mark themselves voluntarily… Butyrka prison was the central transit prison in Tsarist Imperial Russia, located in the Tverskoy District of central Moscow. Currently Butyrka remains the largest of Moscow remand prisons. Overcrowding continues to […]

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    Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (2014)

    America is locking up more people than any other nation on earth. Home to just 5 percent of the world’s total population, the United States houses more than 20 percent of the world’s prisoners. In the last three decades, fueled in large part by a national drug policy and legislation like three strikes laws, […]

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    Nowhere Line: Voices from Manus Island (2015)

    Nowhere Line: Voices from Manus Island is an animated short film, which tells the stories of two men, currently detained in Australia’s notorious Manus Island Offshore Processing Centre. In October 2014, director Lukas Schrank made phone contact with the men who were able to tell their stories from within the compound. Their interviews offer […]

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    One For Ten (2013)

    Wrongful conviction brings persistent shame upon any criminal justice system which makes claim to effective and neutral application of the law. Mistakes and injustices occur and they are most grave in cases of death sentences. The film-series One For Ten derives its name from the statistic that 1 in 10 death penalty sentences are […]