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A Hard Straight

A gang member, a mother, and a small-time dealer. They served their sentences, they're on parole. Now they're about to discover that walking out the prison gates is just the beginning. A HARD STRAIGHT tells the story of what it is really like for a person to make the radical transition from prison life to society. The film interweaves the stories of two men and one woman as they begin to construct new lives on the outside. We see them from the ecstatic moment of their first taste of freedom, to the inevitable frustrations, joys, and banality of life outside of prison. And finally, we see the people in either a successfully established life on the outside or a return to prison. For the 500,000 men and women each year who are released from prison, there are many unknowns: What will you [...]
Online
2017; 2005
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No Tomorrow

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No Tomorrow focuses on the murder of Risa Bejarano, the principal subject of Aging Out, an earlier film about teenagers leaving foster care. No Tomorrow explores how Aging Out unexpectedly documented the last year of Risa's life, and became the centerpiece of a chilling homicide investigation and death penalty trial. Juan Jose Chavez went on trial in 2007, in Los Angeles Superior Court in front of Judge Lance Ito, who had become famous for presiding over the O.J. Simpson trial. In one of the trial's most dramatic moments, the district attorney showed Aging Out in order to humanize the victim and convince the jury to impose the death penalty. While the trial focuses on whether Risa's murderer deserves to die, several leading death penalty experts address the broader question of whethe [...]
Online
2010
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Prison Town USA

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In the 1990s, at the height of the prison-building boom, a prison opened in rural America every 15 days. "Prison Town, USA" tells the story of Susanville, California, one small town that tries to resuscitate its economy by building a prison -- with unanticipated consequences. Nestled in the picturesque foothills of the California Sierras, Susanville once thrived on logging, ranching and agriculture. Today the Susanville area hosts three prison complexes housing more than 11,000 inmates, with plans for more to come. The inmate population is more than one-and-a-half times the number of local residents. "Prison Town, USA" follows the fortunes of people and families in Susanville over the course of two years. Among those portrayed are: a laid-off mill worker turned guard; a tenacious dai [...]
Online
2007
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Suddenly

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Three hired gunmen set themselves up to assassinate the President in Suddenly, a California town, where he is secretly scheduled to transfer from a special train to a car. They seize a strategic location in a private residence, and proceed to terrorize the occupants.
Online
1954
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The Sheenway Experience [electronic resource]: Tough Love

Dolores Sheen runs the Sheenway School and Culture Center in the Watts section of Los Angeles, where poverty, racism, and lack of opportunity breed violence. In addition to academics, "Aunt Dolores," as she is called, teaches the children social survival skills, personal responsibility, and accountability. Sheen instills responsibility by asking students to reflect on the consequences of negative behavior. Students share their experiences at Sheenway, along with their personal aspirations for the future.
Online
1996
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Alcatraz Prisoners Riot ca. 1946

In 1946 six Alcatraz prisoners attempted to escape by taking nine prison guards hostage and releasing the other prisoners from their cells. The six conspirators had planned to use their hostages to get across the prison yard, into the prison ferry, and across the bay. Their plan was foiled when they could not find the right key for the door to the prison yard. Time ran out and they missed the ferry launch. The plot quickly unraveled as prison officers and Marines descended on the island. After two days of bloody battle order was restored, but not before three of the escapees and two guards were killed.
Online
2007; 1946
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"I Cover the Waterfront"

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Reporter Joe Miller is sure that fisherman Eli Kirk smuggles illegal Chinese immigrants into the country, but can't obtain enough evidence to satisfy his editor. Chance plays into his hands in the lovely form of Kirk's daughter, Julie, whom he catches swimming in the nude and pumps for information. But she's fiercely loyal to her dad, and may be too attractive for Joe's own good. --
FilmOnline
1933
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"The Fatal Hour"

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"The fatal hour" features Boris Karloff as the lead character, an Asian detective sprung from the mind of Hugh Wiley. In this latest case, Mr. Wong (Karloff) is investigating the murder of a police office at the request of his friend Captain Street (Grant Withers). The murder investigation leads Mr. Wong to a smuggling ring operating on the San Francisco waterfront. After three additional murders take place, Mr. Wong is able to track down the killer and expose the smugglers.
Online
1940