Do you find it disturbing that the private prison industry is the chief architect of bills like Arizona’s SB1070, a bill that ensures the growth of for-profit detention beds?
Are you horrified by the fact that the majority of states allow the shackling of women prisoners in their third trimester and during labor and childbirth?
This ten-minute documentary will explore the rising tide of privatization in our criminal justice and immigrant detention systems. Rather than focus on politics, it will use the words of those incarcerated, working, or living in communities with these private facilities to start a conversation about this practice. Because these men, women, and children have no voice in the debate on privatization - and no safety from retribution - their words will be shared by a diverse group of volunteers who read their stories on-screen - and contrast their struggles with their own lives. The completed film will be distributed through social media such as Facebook, to reach the larger networks of all those involved in making it, from the spokespersons to the film crew.
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