#6201 Most prison documentaries focus on the inmates. This sobering program features guards and prisoners alike, giving the viewer two interpretations of life at Ohio’s Warren Correctional Institution.
From the smallest detail – how cellmates rig a shabby partition around their toilet – to the cynicism and frontline sociology with which the corrections officers analyze their surroundings, the video clearly elucidates the effects of prolonged monotony and confinement on the human spirit.
As one officer puts it, “Eight hours a day, I’m locked up here too.” For discussions of the American criminal justice system and its dehumanizing elements, this is a strong catalyst. (The opening scene contains brief nudity.)
Viewing time: 31 minutes. 2004.
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