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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 […]

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    Gladiator Days: Anatomy of a Prison Murder (2002)

    Over a three-year-period, filmmakers Alan Levin, Marc Levin and Daphne Pinkerson went behind the walls of prisons to talk to inmates, guards and officials about the problem of prison violence. What they came away with was the story of one murder that was captured on video in all its cold-blooded entirety at Utah State […]

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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, […]