Broken On All Sides

PRESENTED BY: Woodinville Meaningful Movies
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7:30 PM, Friday, November 13, 2015
Location: Woodinville, WA (click for map)

The project began as a way to explore, edu­cate about, and advocate change around the over­crowd­ing of the Philadelphia county jail sys­tem. The documentary has come to focus on mass incarceration across the nation and the intersection of race and poverty within criminal justice. The documentary centers around the theory put for­ward by many, and most recently by Michelle Alexander, that mass incarceration has become “The New Jim Crow.” That is, since the rise of the drug war and the explosion of the prison population, and because discretion within the sys­tem allows for arrest and prosecution of people of color at alarmingly higher rates than whites, pris­ons and criminal penal­ties have become a new ver­sion of Jim Crow. Much of the discrimination that was legal in the Jim Crow era is today illegal when applied to black people but perfectly legal when applied to “criminals.” The prob­lem is that through subjective choices, people of color have been tar­geted at significantly higher rates for stops, searches, arrests, prosecution, and harsher sentences. So, where does this leave criminal justice?

Through inter­views this documentary aims to answer questions and provoke questions on an issue walled-off from the public’s scrutiny. Facilitated conversation following movie.

Release Year: 2012

Running Time: 68 minutes

Director: Matthew Pillischer

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