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Rikers: An American Jail (2016)
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Rikers: An American Jail (2016)

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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 have not yet been found guilty or innocent of the charges they face.

All are at risk in the pervasive culture of violence that forces people to come to terms with what they must do for their own survival. This riveting new documentary from Bill Moyers, brings you face to face with men and women who have endured incarceration at Rikers Island.

Their stories, told directly to camera, vividly describe the cruel arc of the prison experience — from the shock of entry to the extortion and control exercised by other inmates, the oppressive interaction with corrections officers, the beatings and stabbings, the torture of solitary confinement and the many challenges of returning to the outside world.

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