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    Relatively Free (2016)

    Alex Winter and production company Field of Vision have released a short documentary on Barrett Brown’s release from FCI Three Rivers and the six-hour drive to his new residence, a halfway house near Dallas. The twenty-minute film called ‘Relatively Free’ features a skinnier, longer-haired Barrett Brown discussing his time in federal prison, the fight […]

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    Rikers: An American Jail (2016)

    The United States is facing a crisis of mass incarceration with over 2.2 million people packed into its jails and prisons. To understand the human toll of this crisis, Rikers Island is a good place to start. Of the more than 7,500 people detained at Rikers Island on any given day, almost 80 percent […]

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    Russia’s Toughest Prisons (2011)

    For the first time, three prisons across Russia unlock their doors to an international film crew. From a Siberian prison camp where temperatures plummet to 50 below to the highest security prison, where cannibals, terrorists and serial killers will live out the rest of their days, caged like animals. And, a pass inside infamous […]

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    Scared Straight! (1978)

    Their crimes included assault and battery, arson, auto theft, breaking and entering, and possession and distribution of narcotics. While still minors, these juvenile delinquents were already on a one-way path to doing hard time. Hosted by Peter Falk (Columbo), the Oscar. and Emmy. award-winning Scared Straight! recounts the day seventeen teenage lawbreakers spent inside […]

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    Scarface 4 Life: Rykers Island (2005)

    Scarface 4 Life movie was released Feb 18, 2005 by the Big Apple Distributors studio. Rikers Island in New York City is home to a fearful penitentiary with a lengthy – and often troubled – history. Filmmaker Troy Reed chose Rikers as the location for his documentary, entitled SCARFACE 4 LIFE, in an attempt […]

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    Shotgun Joe (ca. 1970)

    This is a cinema verite-style documentary film about convicted felon Joe Scanlan, nicknamed “Shotgun Joe”, who was serving time for armed robbery in the Conneticut State Reformatory. The film follows Scanlan in prison and his interaction with prisoners, staff, and family. The Interviews reveal him as a likable, flamboyant, pathetic, young man moving toward […]

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    Stickup Kid (2014)

    FRONTLINE tells the story of Alonza Thomas — sent to adult prison in California at the age of 16 — and how spending more than a decade behind bars impacted him. pbs IMDB (unrated)

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    The Condemned (2013)

    Penal Colony No. 6, it’s seven hours from the nearest city, and based in the heart of a forest the size of Germany where the temperature is a balmy -40 degrees. It houses some 260 prisoners who are responsible for 800 murders collectively. The worst of the worst are the 85 former death row […]

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    The Farm: Angola, USA (1998)

    Liz Garbus and Jonathan Stack co-directed this documentary, which explores life behind the bars of Louisiana’s notorious maximum-security prison, Angola. Stationed on an old slave plantation, Angola is populated overwhelmingly by black inmates, and staffed by a white administration. The stories of various inmates convey the injustice and futility but also the hope that […]

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    The House I Live In (2012)

    The House I Live In is a carefully woven documentary that attempts to explain why the land of the free currently has a higher percentage of its population behind bars than any other country. It reports that the vast majority of those inside are there on drug related charges and since 1971, over $1 […]

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    The Mark of Cain (2001)

    Sailing ships, stars, angels and executioners, The Mark of Cain chronicles the vanishing practice and language of Russian Criminal Tattoos. Captured in some of Russia’s most notorious prisons, including the fabled White Swan, the film traces the animus of the flowers of this carnal art by way of the brutality of it’s origins: the […]