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Summary: The number of Americans who live behind bars has increased by 550 percent over the last 40 years. This has been the result of aggressive tough-on-crime legislation that had more harmful effects than lawmakers could have foreseen. Experts now see the problem but disagree on the solutions. Does incarceration limit crime, or does it simply feed into a cycle of problems that harm society and create...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Greenhaven Publishing, LLC 2018

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1 available in Young Adult Non-fiction, Call number: YA 365 MAS

Dreisinger, Baz

Summary: "Beginning in Africa and ending in Europe, Incarceration Nations is a first-person odyssey through the prison systems of the world. Professor, journalist, and founder of the Prison-to-College-Pipeline, Dreisinger looks into the human stories of incarcerated men and women and those who imprison them, creating a jarring, poignant view of a world to which most are denied access, and a rethinking...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Other Press 2016

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 365 DRE

Summary: How do wrongful convictions happen, and what are the consequences for the lucky few who are acquitted, years after they are proven innocent? Fourteen exonerated inmates narrate their stories, while another exoneree's case is explored. They detail every aspect of the experience of wrongful conviction, as well as the remarkable depths of endurance sustained by each exoneree who never lost hope.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Liveright Publishing Corporation 2017

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 364.973 CAL

Stevenson, Bryan

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Summary: "In this young adult adaptation of the acclaimed bestselling Just Mercy, which the New York Times calls "as compelling as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so," Bryan Stevenson delves deep into the broken U.S. justice system, detailing from his personal experience his many challenges and efforts as a lawyer and social advocate, especially on behalf of America's most rejected and...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Delacorte Press 2018

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Summary: Set in 1990's Boston, an assistant district attorney and a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran work together to take on a case that grows to involve, and ultimately subvert, the entire criminal justice system of Boston. Family, blood, betrayal, honor, corruption, all combine in this powerful series that's one-part gritty thriller and another intimate family drama.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2019

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2 available in Television Series DVDs, Call number: DVD TV CIT

Spence, Gerry

Summary: "We all want to feel safe. But safe from what, and from whom? In his 60-plus years as a trial lawyer, Gerry Spence has never represented a person accused of a crime in which the police hadn't themselves violated the law. Whether by covering up their own corrupt dealings, by the falsification or manufacture of evidence, or by the outright murder of innocent civilians, those individuals charged...

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Publisher / Publication Date: St. Martin's Press 2015

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 363 SPE

Summary: This controversial documentary traces the often brutal history of criminal punishment from the medieval era through today. Early lithographs show in shocking detail the excessive punishments applied in pre-modern times for minor crimes. We see how more humane attitudes toward punishment led to the construction of prisons. Featured in this program is the CCI penitentiary in South Carolina....

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Pfaff, John F.

Summary: "Pfaff argues that existing accounts of the causes of mass incarceration are fundamentally misguided. The most widely accepted explanations--the failed War on Drugs, draconian sentencing laws, an increasing reliance on private prisons--actually tell us much less than we like to think. Instead, Pfaff urges us to look at other factors, including a major shift in prosecutor behavior that occurred...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Basic Books 2017

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 365 PFA

Comey, James B.

Summary: "James Comey, former FBI Director and New York Times bestselling author of A Higher Loyalty, uses his long career in federal law enforcement to explore issues of justice and fairness in the US justice system. James Comey might best be known as the FBI director that Donald Trump fired in 2017, but he's had a long, varied career in the law and justice system. He knows better than most just what a...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Flatiron Books 2021

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1 available in New Non-fiction, Call number: 363.25 COM

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Summary: Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne begins making a film for Zachary, son of his oldest friend who was murdered by Zachary's mother. The film's focus shifts to Zachary's grandparents as they fight to win custody of Zachary from the woman who took their son's life.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Oscilloscope Pictures 2009

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2 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC DEA

Alexander, Michelle

Summary: Argues that the War on Drugs and policies that deny convicted felons equal access to employment, housing, education, and public benefits create a permanent under caste based largely on race.

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Recorded Books 2020

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1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD 364.973 ALE

Senghor, Shaka

Summary: "In 1991, Shaka Senghor was sent to prison for second-degree murder. Today, he is a lecturer at the University of Michigan, a leading voice on criminal justice reform, and an inspiration to thousands. In life, it's not how you start that matters. It's how you finish. Shaka Senghor was raised in a middle class neighborhood on Detroit's east side during the height of the 1980s crack epidemic. An...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Convergent Books 2016

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 SENGHOR, SHAKA SEN

Summary: There are two sets of rules at Folsom Maximum Security Prison: the "guard rules" and the "yard rules." For an incoming inmate, negotiating the brutal yet invisible prison culture can be deadly. This program takes viewers inside Folsom to learn how the system works. From the severely regimented rules enforced by prison authorities to the unwritten codes that any inmate who wants to survive must...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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Summary: The importance of guidance programs for prisoners can’t be overstressed—they help society as well as the individual reentering it. Following young people who have been discharged from Rikers Island Academy, this program focuses on the payoffs that come from educational and counseling services for those behind bars. A lively peer-to-peer class setting is featured, while the process of...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2008

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Summary: When other California prisons can't handle their most violent gang members, they send them to Pelican Bay State Prison. This program takes viewers inside the notorious facility. From here, leaders of gangs such as Nuestra Familia, the Mexican Mafia, the Aryan Brotherhood, the Black Guerillas, and the Nazi Low Riders smuggle orders to lieutenants on the streets. These operatives, in turn, handle...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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Summary: Located in the California desert, Ironwood Correctional Facility is a series of extremes. This program explores the overcrowded, understaffed prison, which is subject to brutally hot summers and powder-keg tensions. But a group of inmates among the population of 4,800 are dedicated to self-improvement, attending classes in the face of menacing opposition from gang members. When riots erupt in...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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Summary: In Missouri, a different method of juvenile detention has seen surprisingly successful results, trading in orange jumpsuits and cell blocks for therapists and dorm rooms. This edition of Primetime spends a year with the hard-core offenders at Waverly Regional Youth Center and Rosa Parks Center to see how a combination of nurturing and discipline are transforming inmates into potentially...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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Summary: For many inmates at juvenile correctional facilities, looking ahead to freedom brings anxiety and doubt. This program illustrates the challenges that often await young offenders following incarceration and shows teen inmates preparing to face the corporate world, their families, and themselves. Overcoming illiteracy, building marketable work skills, and becoming familiar with employment...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2008

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Summary: This title addresses controversies related to America’s prisons including: What problems do America’s prisons face? Who is in America’s prisons? Are prisoners treated humanely? Do prison alternatives work?

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Publisher / Publication Date: Greenhaven Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning 2016

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1 available in Young Adult Non-fiction, Call number: YA 365 AME

Summary: Ex-convicts face formidable odds, and for African-Americans, conditions are usually even more difficult. This documentary traces the experiences of four black ex-inmates over the course of a year, focusing on their challenges with employment, housing, addiction, and reconnecting with family-as well as their participation in the nontraditional African American Program for parolees. Richard, a...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2008

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Goffman, Alice.

Summary: Forty years in, the tough on crime turn in American politics has spurred a prison boom of historic proportions that disproportionately affects Black communities. It has also torn at the lives of those on the outside. As arrest quotas and high tech surveillance criminalize entire blocks, a climate of fear and suspicion pervades daily life, not only for young men entangled in the legal system,...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Picador 2015

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 307 GOF

Summary: As leader of the Crips, the most powerful gang in Ohio's Lebanon Correctional Institution, Diedreikus Albert has mastered the prison system, turning it to his own advantage. This program follows the inmate through his daily life at the facility. With no respect for the law and little remorse for the senseless killing that landed him behind bars, Albert is doing time his way. He allows viewers...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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Summary: In the state of Iowa, offenders aged 18 to 26 are kept separate from the hardened adult prison population. This program profiles Fort Dodge, a correctional center supposedly free of the worst criminal influences. But even in medium-security conditions, 1,100 cohabitating convicts veer toward everything from foolishness to gang violence. With the look of a high school, Fort Dodge juggles a mix...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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Stevenson, Bryan

Contents: Introduction: Higher ground -- Mockingbird players -- Stand -- Trials and tribulation -- The old rugged cross -- Of the coming of John -- Surely doomed -- Justice denied -- All God's children -- I'm here -- Mitigation -- I'll fly away -- Mother, mother -- Recovery -- Cruel and unusual -- Broken -- The stonecatchers' song of sorrow -- Epilogue.

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Publisher / Publication Date: 2015

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2 available in Book Club Kit, Call number: Book Club Kit 345 Stevenson

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