Media

Books Not Bars

A documentary film about public policy, prisons, the justice system, and youth advocacy around the declining investment in public education.  Six lessons plans for youth in grades 8-12. 

Broken on All Sides

James Williams calls this “a compelling documentary addressing racial inequities within our criminal justice system and its devastating collateral consequences. It is an excellent resource to use in educating, motivating, and empowering your group, organization, or community on this critical issue."

Critical Resistance

Critical Resistance is a national prison abolition organization. They seek "to end Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe." Critical Resistance publishes a quarterly bilingual journal, The Abolitionist, "which is written mostly by prisoners, former prisoners, and community advocates." The Abolitionist can be found at https://abolitionistpaper.wordpress.com/

Location

Inglewood, Oakland, New York, Portland
US

Do Black Lives Matter: The Effect of Mass Incarceration on Individuals and the Community

J. Jondhi Harrell, Founder of The Center for Returning Citizens, presents a powerful talk at the University of Pittsburgh Law School, sponsored by University of Pittsburgh Law School Chapter of the National Lawyer's Guild. This moving 3-part presentation goes from the historical to the personal to the political in a seamless indictment of Mass Incarceration and its impact on Black lives and Black communities, while also offering alternative models of restorative justice. Part III includes a Q&A session.

First Degree

This half-hour documentary describes a degree program for people in the Sing Sing prison in Ossining New York. Of those who participated in the degree program, less than 1 percent returned to prison. (Nationally, about half of released prisoners return within 5 years of their release.) Previous documentaries by Roger Weisberg have won multiple awards. Producers want to make the documentary available for organizations involved in education and criminal justice reform, as well as groups focused on re-entry, probation, diversion, and prevention. 

First Degree

This half-hour documentary describes a degree program for people in the Sing Sing prison in Ossining New York. Of those who participated in the degree program, less than 1 percent returned to prison. (Nationally, about half of released prisoners return within 5 years of their release.) Previous documentaries by Roger Weisberg have won multiple awards. Producers want to make the documentary available for organizations involved in education and criminal justice reform, as well as groups focused on re-entry, probation, diversion, and prevention. 

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