Articles tagged prison

‘Prison Movies’ Is a Serious Attempt to Define a Genre and Identify Its Key Characteristics

While some historians classify prison films as offshoots of the gangster film, Kehrwald sees the prison film as relating more closely to social problem films and melodramas.

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‘13th’ Is a Powerful Entreaty for Americans to Get to Work on Fighting Racism

"We have more African Americans under criminal supervision than all the slaves back in the 1850s."

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From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America

In America today, "states like California and Michigan spend more money on imprisoning young people than on educating them." How did we let this happen?

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Tribeca Film Festival 2016: ‘The Return’ + ‘Solitary’

Two excellent documentaries at this year's Tribeca Film Festival remind you of the terrible reality of the American prison system.

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‘Toe Tag Parole: To Live and Die on Yard A’

This documentary looks at the knotty effects of life without parole at Yard A, an experimental program at the maximum-security California State Prison in the Mojave Desert.

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Penn Penitentiary, Where Converts Dwell Among Convicts

In Down in the Chapel, Joshua Dubler reports on the tensions of the body and the spirit, the restless minds and the stifled desires.

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‘Riot in Cell Block 11’ Has the Courage to Ask Important Questions

Will America's prison system ever change? Or is meant to keep America’s caste system in place?

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The Punishment Imperative: The Rise and Failure of Mass Incarceration in America

Eminent criminologists make a compelling case for why America's 40 year embrace of the punitive spirit has been morally bankrupt and endangered public safety.

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TIFF 2017: 'The Shape of Water'

// Notes from the Road

"The Shape of Water comes off as uninformed political correctness, which is more detrimental to its cause than it is progressive.

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