More people are imprisoned in the U.S. at this time than any other time or place in history, yet prisons themselves have never felt further away or more out of sight. The Prison in Twelve Landscapesexcavates the hidden world of the modern prison system and explores lives outside the gates affected by prisons. It premieres tonight on PBS (check local listings).
Prisons can stimulate local economies and create jobs, but are we too dependent on them? We take a deeper look at some of the more striking stats, facts, and figures related to prisons, both nationally and in the regions across the country (from rural Kentucky to suburban St. Louis to California) explored in the film.
Filmmaker Brett Story talked to us about her unusual approach to Prison in Twelve Landscapes, the similarities and differences between American and Canadian prison systems, and what she calls “the slow violence that prisons inflict on the people and communities impacted by incarceration.”