Category “Prison”

Young Kids, Hard Time

Young Kids, Hard Time is an American MSNBC TV show which premiered November 20th 2011. The show is about children age 12 to 17 incarcerated as adults in the American prison system. These children have all been tried as an adult. The United States is among only a few countries in the world where children can be tried as adults. The show was shot at the Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility and the YIA (Youth Incarcerated As Adults) unit of the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in Indiana. The crimes portrayed range from theft to...

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Strangeways

The shocking series gains access into Strangeways, a maximum security prison in Manchester with a history as rough as the inmates it houses. Three fascinating episodes unearth the idiosyncrasies and complex relationships between the most violent and dangerous men in the prison and the staff who work with them. Unique twists, like following a couple as they prepare for a wedding behind bars, and graphic footage of arguments and emotional breakdowns make for unmissable...

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Kids Behind Bars

Each year in Britain, we lock up 2,000 school-age children. Vinney Green Secure Unit locks up some of the youngest and the most troubled; the kids no one else can manage – whether they are a danger to each other, or a danger to themselves. Filmed over a year, with unprecedented access to the unit, the children and the staff who care for them, this extraordinary series tells their stories and finds out what’s being done to set them straight. It documents the journeys of boys and girls who are behind bars, and follows the daily life at Vinney Green as the staff try to change them. Vinney...

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Feltham Sings

This documentary is – without a shadow of a doubt – one of the most innovative and engrossing documentaries ever aired on British television. Set in Feltham Young Offenders Institution in the United Kingdom, both inmates and staff offer a glimpse into their life within the walls of the prison and – in the case of the prisoners – into their previous life outside. But instead of the documentary participants simply telling their stories, they are given the opportunity to sing, rap and quote poetry about their feelings, lives and dreams. This truly engrossing documentary won a British...

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The Exile Nation Project

The Land of the Free punishes or imprisons more of its citizens than any other nation. This collection of testimonials from criminal offenders, family members, and experts on America’s criminal justice system puts a human face on the millions of Americans subjugated by the US Government’s 40 year, one trillion dollar social catastrophe: The War on Drugs; a failed policy underscored by fear, politics, racial prejudice and intolerance in a public atmosphere of out of sight, out of mind. The United States has only 5% of the world’s population, yet a full 25% of the world’s prisoners. At...

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EP2/2 Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail

Louis Theroux concludes his exploration into Miami Mega-jail, one of America's largest and most violent of jails, a holding pen for almost 6000 un-convicted inmates.Louis goes deeper into the jail system, meeting an alleged triple murderer facing a possible death sentence. He also follows a group of forty or so younger inmates who have escaped prison by pleading guilty and agreeing to attend a four month military style boot camp. Among them is a 14-year-old boy facing a possible ten year sentence for armed robbery if he can't survive the boot camp's relentless and brutal training and...

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Taboo: Prison Love

Love behind bars with some of the most dangerous criminals on earth. In Texas, an inmate in solitary confinement gets married with the help of a radio host as surrogate groom, while the prisoner listens over the radio. In California, a pregnant woman has a white wedding at the county jail, with a glass wall separating the couple as they say their vows. In Tennessee, a man serving life for murder marries a woman he met over the Internet, but the marriage has little hope of being...

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EP1/2 Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail

In the first episode of this two-part series, Louis Theroux spends time in one of the most notorious sections of Miami County Jail: the fifth and sixth floor of ‘Main Jail’, where many of the most volatile inmates are incarcerated. Held in large cage-like dwellings for up to 24 men, the inmates have developed a strange and violent jail culture. The men – who remain in the cells almost all the time and may only leave for yard time twice a week – live under the sway of a gladiatorial code. They fight each other for food, for status, and often just to pass the endless hours of...

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The Mark of Caïn

Sailing ships, stars, angels and executioners — The Mark of Cain chronicles the vanishing practice and language of Russian Criminal Tattoos. Captured in some of Russia’s most notorious prisons, including the fabled White Swan, the film traces the animus of the flowers of this carnal art by way of the brutality of its origins- the penitentiary and the criminal environment. Incisive interviews with prisoners, guards, and criminologists reveal the secret language of The Zone and The Code of Thieves of the vory v zakone. As early as the 1920′s, Russian prisons and Gulag began to attract the...

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