Incarcerating Us: Film/How Can We End Mass Imprisonment

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Clinton Street Theater Event co-sponsored by KBOO Community Radio 90.7 FM, Oregon Jericho, Portland Anarchist Black Cross. JoAnn Hardesty, President of Portland NAACP, and Benny Justice from Black Lives Matter, will speak after film with audience discussion on how to end mass imprisonment. Shockingly, the US imprisons more people than any other country in the world, including China, which has a billion more people. Incarcerating US tells the story of America’s broken criminal justice system through the eyes of those who created it, those who have suffered through it, and those who are fighting to change it. After decades of failures, now is the time to unshackle the Land of the Free.

Incarcerating US is a feature-length documentary that exposes America’s prison problem and explores ways to unshackle the Land of the Free through vital criminal justice reforms. With 2.3 million people behind bars, the U.S. has the largest prison population in the history of the world.

Through dramatic first-hand accounts, expert testimony, and shocking statistics, Incarcerating US asks fundamental questions about the prison system in America: What is the purpose of prison? Why did our prison population explode in the 1970s? What can make our justice system more just?

The film begins with a brief overview of U.S. prisons and the flawed policies that fueled unprecedented overincarceration. In many cases, these laws exacerbate problems they were designed to solve. Through both empirical evidence and the eyes of those tragically affected by the system for committing minor crimes, we see the failures of two major initiatives: the War on Drugs and mandatory minimum sentences.

Special admission suggested $7-10, no one turned away for lack of funds.
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By: KBOO Community Radio

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