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    Kids for Cash (2014)

    Deeply shocking and continually surprising, “Kids for Cash” examines the scandal surrounding a Pennsylvania judge’s draconian imprisonment of kids for minor hijinks, in exchange for kickbacks from a juvenile detention center. Helmer Robert May sometimes lessens the impact of his points through overemphasis; a tighter edit of this 104-minute documentary might boost its dramatic […]

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    Last Days of Solitary (2017)

    The psychological effects of prolonged solitary confinement on inmates and efforts to decrease its use are the focus of a new two-hour Frontline documentary. “Last Days of Solitary” is a follow-up to the 2014 documentary “Solitary Nation”, which gave viewers extraordinary access to life inside the Special Management Unit at the Maine State Prison. […]

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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 […]

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    Prison Kids: A Crime Against America’s Children (2015)

    Throughout history, children as young as seven years who were accused of wrongdoing have been imprisoned with adults. In the early 19th century, the idea of reforming youth offenders took root in the United States. “Prison Kids: A Crime Against America’s Children.” The investigative documentary, produced by Fusion in partnership with The Root and […]