About This Collection
As incarceration and recidivism rates soar for communities of color in the United States, WORLD Channel presents films on issues related to prisons and jails, citizens’ re-entry, and persistent systemic challenges around drug addiction and incarceration. This timely group of criminal justice-themed documentaries strives to educate and engage audiences around the state of criminal justice today and the possibilities of restorative justice.
Three featured films to be showcased on the award-winning series America ReFramed - MILWAUKEE 53206, Beyond the Wall and The Corridor - provide a rare "insider's view" of those dealing first hand with the contradictions of the U.S. criminal justice system and the aftermath of incarceration for individuals and families who wrestle with socio-economic barriers to reform and re-entry. Perhaps most importantly, the films introduce to viewers people and places across the country, whose diverse views and experiences they might otherwise not encounter.
WORLD will also host a series of free online events to provide opportunities for audiences to engage with the stories beyond broadcast, including Facebook Live events on April 2nd and 9th. Join the conversation all April long using the hashtag #WORLDxReEntry.
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Episodes In This Collection
MILWAUKEE 53206 introduces viewers to a community with the highest rate of incarcerated African American men. The film unfolds through the stories of postal code 53206 residents directly impacted by imprisonment: Beverly Walker and her husband Baron, Chad Wilson, and Dennis Walton, who is creating a support system for men seeking re-entry.
Understanding the Opioid Epidemic
Understanding the Opioid Epidemic traces the causes behind the unprecedented growth in the use of prescription opioids and the devastating impact these drugs are having in virtually every part of America. The documentary captures the story of the opioid crisis through personal stories and interviews with experts.
Beyond the Wall
Beyond the Wall revolves around former prisoner Louie Diaz as he works to guide formerly incarcerated men safely through the minefield of life outside of jail. By helping others, Louie is able to maintain his own sobriety and preserve his freedom. But for those with little to no support from the criminal justice system, how will they find hope?
On any day, at any time, the person driving in the next lane could be impaired - from illegal drugs, pills or common prescription medicines. Drugged Driving addresses this dangerous trend and what is being done to improve safety, and explores how medications can impair vision and balance, cause drowsiness or even render a driver unconscious.
FRONTLINE: Second Chance Kids
Inside the fight over the fate of juveniles in prison for murder, following a landmark Supreme Court ruling.
Independent Lens: The Prison in Twelve Landscapes
In the United States there are 2.2 million people in prison, up from only 300,000 forty years ago, yet for most Americans, prisons have never felt more distant 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.
P.O.V.: 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story
Does sentencing a teenager to life without parole serve society? The United States is the only country in the world that routinely condemns children to die in prison. Follow a Florida man who received four life sentences at age 15 in this eye-opening film that reveals a justice system which routinely condemns young Americans to die in prison.
FRONTLINE: Life On Parole
With unique access, go inside an effort in Connecticut to change the way parole works and reduce the number of people returning to prison. In collaboration with The New York Times, Life On Parole follows four former prisoners as they navigate the challenges of their first year on parole.
FRONTLINE: Last Days of Solitary
Inside one state’s ambitious attempt to decrease its use of solitary — and what happens when prisoners who have spent considerable time in isolation try to integrate back into society.
San Francisco’s Five Keys Charter School: the first high school of its kind in the U.S. designed to provide incarcerated adults the opportunity to earn a high school diploma to prepare them for successful reintegration into their communities. The Corridor invites viewers to ask: is education the first step along the pathway to restorative justice?