Justice in Crisis: Mass Incarceration in America - Brave New Films
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Justice in Crisis: Mass Incarceration in America

This series is a collection of Brave New Films shorts that explore some of the problems with the criminal justice system in the U.S. Prison System by the Numbers exposes the racial disparities in America's prison system in a compelling dissection of drug-related incarceration rates. The Power of Fear explores the scope and sources of incarceration and how societal fears exacerbate the system. The third film, OverCriminalized looks at three promising and less expensive interventions to roll back mass criminalization and reform the criminal justice system. To Prison for Poverty explores modern-day debtor’s prisons affecting low-income communities who struggle to pay traffic fines. The final film, Time to Come Home: 20 Years is Enough, examines the impact of life sentences on incarcerated people and their families.

Runtime: 47 minutes 21 second

1. Prison by the Numbers 1:22
2. The Power of Fear 4:55
3. OverCriminalized  22:24
4. To Prison for Poverty  13:20
5. Time to Come Home: 20          Years is Enough 5:20

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Feedback from the classroom

100% of my students said that they learned new insights from your "Overcriminalized" and "To Prison for Poverty" videos. They did not realize the scale of incarceration of homeless people nor that the probation fees existed or could create such cycles of indebtedness...The videos were wonderful summaries and reinforced their understanding of the details in our coursebook "The New Jim Crow."