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    The Norden – Nordic Prisons (2014)

    James Conway is shaking his head in disbelief as he walks through the institution they call ”prison” in Halden in Norway. During a one week filming trip with The Finnish Broadcasting Company he visited different kinds of correctional institutions in Finland and Sweden, but the Norwegian ultra liberal regime was nothing like what he’s […]

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    The Real Bangkok Hilton (2004)

    Michael Connell is only 19; thin and frail a supermarket worker from Manchester, his lawyers say he has a mental age of someone several years younger, but he talks clearly of the day to day life in jail. The only foreigner in a dorm of 1000, he survives by teaching his fellow inmates English. […]

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    The Real Bronson (2010)

    Charles Arthur “Charlie” Salvador (better known as Charles Bronson and born Michael Gordon “Mickey” Peterson; 6 December 1952) is an English criminal who is often referred to in the British press as the “most violent prisoner in Britain” and “Britain’s most notorious prisoner”. He has also spent periods detained in the Rampton, Broadmoor and […]

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    The Road to Guantanamo (2006)

    In 2001, four Pakistani Britons, Ruhal Ahmed, Asif Iqbal and Shafiq Rasul and another friend, Monir, travel to Pakistan for a wedding and in a urge of idealism, decide to see the situation of war torn Afganistan which is being bombed by the American forces in retaliation for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Once there, […]

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    The System: Juvenile Justice (2016)

    In this episode of The System, we take a look at the issue of juvenile sentencing, and consider two compelling cases in Michigan that raise the question of whether children convicted of murder should be subjected to life in prison without the possibility of parole. A battle is now waging to decide how to […]

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    They Call Us Monsters (2016)

    From for-profit prisons to the death penalty to massive racial disparities in incarceration to the completely overtaxed public defender system, the horrors of America’s criminal justice system are legion. America houses 22% of the world’s prisoners, including nearly one third of the world’s female prisoners. The problems of mass incarceration are so varied, complex, […]

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    Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop (2015)

    Dubbed “The Cannibal Cop,” Gilberto Valle was convicted in March 2013 of conspiring to kidnap and eat young women. Valle argued it was all a fantasy; the prosecution’s narrative convinced jurors otherwise. Valle was facing a possible life sentence when filmmaker Erin Lee Carr began visiting him in prison. After 22 months behind bars, […]

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    Torture: America’s Brutal Prisons (2005)

    Originally aired in the UK Channel 4, Torture: America’s Brutal Prisons is a convincing argument to say that Abu Ghraib was not just an outlying aberration on foreign soil. Rather the Abu Ghraib abuses were the logically outcome of carceral philosophies grown here in the U.S. Two of the senior guards at Abu Ghraib, Ivan […]

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    Voices from Within (2015)

    The Voices From Within Project is a new and growing multimedia education initiative that uniquely addresses the epidemic of gun violence directly through the voices of inmates living with the consequences of their choices, and the victims left in their wake. The Voices From Within Project was born inside the walls of Sing Sing […]

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    Welcome to Warren (2004)

    Welcome to Warren is an uncensored and intimate examination of a contemporary American correctional institution, Warren Correctional Institution, in Southern Ohio. The filmmakers, Brent E. Huffman and Ryan Stacy, had extraordinary access to achieve intimate and informal interviews with correction officers and inmates. The film subverts harmful stereotypes regarding prison inhabitants created in TV […]

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    Women Behind Bars (2013)

    Brought to you by Al Jazeera’s excellent documentary series ‘Fault Lines’, Women Behind Bars ventures into the Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) which is the largest women’s prison in the world. The population at the prison fluctuates northward of 4,000, nearly twice the prison design capacity. The problems are innumerable at CCWF but include overcrowding, […]

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    Young Kids, Hard Time (2009)

    With sweeping access inside the Youth Incarcerated As Adults (YIA) cellblock at the maximum security Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in Carlisle, Indiana, “Young Kids, Hard Time” reveals what life is like for kids as young as 12 who will grow up behind bars. The YIA cellblock is home to 53 kids who are rarely […]