The Prison in 12 Landscapes, Tonight May 8, 2017

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes banner image, with orange prison fabric and barbed wire
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 Landscapes excavates 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).  
Filmmaker Ferne Pearlstein poses with legendary actor and director Mel Brooks, for The Last Laugh

The Prison Economy by the Numbers

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.
Prison in 12 Landscapes filmmaker Brett Story

Canadian Filmmaker Explores U.S. Prison System from Outside-In  

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.” 
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