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Free CeCe!

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"On her way to the store with a group of friends, Chrishaun Reed "CeCe" McDonald was brutally attacked. While defending her life, a man was killed. After a coercive interrogation, CeCe was incarcerated in a men's prison in Minnesota. An international campaign to free CeCe garnered significant support from media and activists, including actress Laverne Cox. Cox signed on as executive producer of FREE CECE!, committed to exploring the role race, class, and gender played in CeCe's case. In the end, CeCe emerged not only as a survivor, but also as a leader. Documentarian Jac Gares pushed past the everyday narratives of victimhood surrounding the lives of transgender people, to spotlight the way CeCe and other trans people are leading a growing movement fighting for the rights of transgen [...]
DVD
2016
Clemons (Stacks)
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At Night I Fly

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"New Folsom Prison is one of America's most notorious prisons. 3000 inmates are kept there, and around half of them are serving life sentences. It is a secluded and brutal world with riots, heavily armed guards and murders between rival gangs. Spoon, Marty, Rick, Big C, Jack and E-Clipse participate in the Arts in Corrections Program together with a handful of other prisoners, where they meet despite racial borders and gang hierarchies." -- Container.
DVD
2012; 2011
Clemons (Stacks)
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Profits of Punishment

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Dominated by a handful of American-based corporations including Wackenhut Corrections, the business of private prisons is now the most volatile and powerful industry in the U.S. This film contrasts the glitzy commercial arena of the private prison industry with the world of the inmates on the inside. In the process, it exposes a recession-proof industry where money is made out of the deprivation of liberty.
VHS
2001
Ivy (By Request)
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Crime & Punishment

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Explores the question of prison as punishment through interviews with prisoners and their families, prison staff (ministers, correctional officers, lawyers, etc.). Extensive footage inside prisons, both regular and maximum security facilities, with special attention to the new prisons for prisoners assigned to administrative segregation. Subjects covered are effects of prison life on prisoners, prison gangs, tougher control of prisoners, mental health treatment for prisoners, solitary confinement, capital punishment, and rehabilitation.
VHS
1998
Clemons (Vault--Ask at circulation desk)
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The New Gulag: America's Prisons

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Discussion of the prison issue in the United States.
VHS
1990; 1996
Ivy (By Request)
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Crime and Punishments [electronic resource]

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Examines questions about sentencing, what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, the purpose of prison, and the debate over the death penalty. U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Arthur Alarcon, Federal Bureau of Prisons Director, Norman Carson; government leaders, civil libertarians and journalists discuss the issues.
Online
1984
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To Defend a Killer [electronic resource]

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A panel of American jurists and a philosopher discuss the ethics of criminal justice. The panelists discuss whether lawyers should defend people whom they they know to be guilty and how aggressive should the defense be. They also discuss where to draw the line when it comes to citizens taking matters into their own hands, deterrence versus rehabilitation, and society's right to retribution. Includes commentary by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, defense attorney Jack Litman, and philosopher John Smith of Yale.
Online
1989
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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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Locked Up in America

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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 efforts to reduce the prison population, as officials are rethinking what to do with criminals.
DVD
2014
Clemons (Stacks)
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New Gulag

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In the United States there are five thousand prisons and one and a half million prisoners. The prison system already costs thirty billion dollars per year to maintain and will escalate as stiffer sentences and tougher treatment are being demanded for criminals. Some estimate that half of all Americans will be incarcerated by the year 2050. This hard-hitting film shows that building and maintaining prisons has become an industry. Private companies are running them for profit often at the expense of any amenities such as recreation and rehabilitation services. In rural communities, prisons are welcomed for providing jobs and markets for a variety of goods needed in prison. In a high security prison in Oklahoma, death-row prisoners are kept for years in bunker-like cells for 23 hours a [...]
Online
1996
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Brubaker

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Based on the true story of a reform warden who risks his life to replace brutality and corruption with humanity and integrity in a state prison farm.
VHS
1984
Ivy (By Request)
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The Best of Lisa Ling Collection

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One of the most respected young voices in journalism, Lisa Ling is the dynamic host of National Geographic Explorer seen every week on the National Geographic Channel. Lisa's job now includes exploring the phenomenon of female suicide bombers, the hidden and dangerous culture inside American prisons, hunting down cocaine processing labs in the Colombian jungle, going head-to-head with narcotic-trafficking guerillas, venturing into active war zones, and trekking through Nepal, with two eye surgeons who are bringing the gift of sight to some of the country's most remote villagers.
DVD
2005; 2003
Clemons (Stacks)