The Prison Within

The Prison Within

The Prison Within is an upcoming multimedia documentary series that examines the U.S. Justice System through the eyes and voices of those most impacted - prisoners with life sentences, survivors of violent crime, and the communities left behind.

The Prison Within uses intimate documentary footage with informative data to stimulate a dialogue about the effects of mass incarceration. The documentary footage explores the lives of selected prisoners inside San Quentin State Prison in California and the Monroe Correctional Complex in Washington State, survivors of violent crimes seeking reconciliation, and the impacts on the families and communities of each.

The Prison Within aims to shatter the illusion of the prison walls, designed not only to keep people in, but to keep society out under the belief that those imprisoned are fundamentally different and therefore justifiably contained, warehoused and forgotten.

The Prison Within aims to show that if our society is a collective externalization of our inner selves, then the prison system is a map to the darkest area of our heart, where we lock away that which is most difficult to confront - the poor, the addicted, the other, anybody or anything that slightly threatens our sense of self or safety.

As these stories unfold, viewers will gain an understanding of the social, racial, economic, and psychological factors shared by men and women inside and outside of America's jails and prisons.

For more, visit the film's website.


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