A movie about race, mass incarceration, and new visions for criminal justice in the U.S.
What: Free Movie and discussion
When: Monday, March 21st, 7-9pm
Where: Sherrill Hall (St. Paul’s Church, side rear entrance). 39 E. Central Street, Natick MA (see map below)
What Else: Ample parking in lot next to building and on street parking. Light refreshments. Good company.
We are finally beginning to talk about the catastrophe of mass incarceration and our broken system of criminal “justice.” The issue has even made it into the presidential campaign rhetoric. It remains to be seen whether change is afoot or not. We invite you to join us in watching and then discussing this very important and timely issue.
About the Movie
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 (who appears in the movie), 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 with people on many sides of the criminal justice system, this documentary aims to answer questions and provoke questions on an issue walled-off from the public’s scrutiny.[Source]
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