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Author Introduction: Chapter 12

Author Video: Prisons and Jails as Productive Places


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Video 1: Jail v. prison

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Listen to Mike Ferber, a criminal defense attorney, speak on the difference between jails and prisons in Colorado.


Video 2: Michelle Alexander Lecture: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

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Michelle Alexander is a longtime civil rights advocate and litigator. She won a 2005 Soros Justice Fellowship and now holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Mortiz College of Law at Ohio State University. Alexander served for several years as director of the Racial Justice Project at the ACLU of Northern California, and subsequently directed the Civil Rights Clinics at Stanford Law School, where she was an associate professor. Alexander is a former law clerk for Justice Harry Blackmun on the U.S. Supreme Court, and has appeared as a commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness is her first book.


Video 3: Solitary nation

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With extraordinary access, award-winning producer and director Dan Edge takes you to the epicenter of the raging debate about prison reform. "Solitary Nation" offers an up-close, graphic look at a solitary confinement unit in Maine’s maximum-security prison with firsthand accounts from prisoners and staff whose lives are forever altered by this troubled system.


Video 4: The Interrupters

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From acclaimed producer-director Steve James ("Hoop Dreams") and best-selling author-turned-producer Alex Kotlowitz ("There Are No Children Here"), an unusually intimate journey into the stubborn persistence of violence in our cities.


Video 5: Prison state

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With extraordinary access, FRONTLINE takes you to the epicenter of the raging debate about prison reform. "Prison State" follows the lives of four individuals in Kentucky's criminal justice system, as the state tries to interrupt the cycle of mass incarceration.


Video 6: Life in a supermax prison

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If Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is sent to the United States Penitentiary Administrative-Maximum Facility in Florence, Colorado, he'll be cut off from the world. See what life is like for inmates inside a supermax prison.


Video 7: High-tech jail of the 21st Century

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The fifth-biggest jail in the United States has become the home to the most cutting edge energy technology in the world. California's Santa Rita detention facility has an $11.7 million dollar "Smart Grid" project that utilizes everything from fuel cells to robots to save tax payers $2.5 million annually.