decent "prison industrial complex" documentary that effectively outlines a number of arguments i find incredibly persuasive. leans a little too heavy on experts and activists (ranging from michelle alexander to david simon) at the expense of some of the stories of people who are (or have been) incarcerated. but that's small potatoes - this is well-organized and full of good information.
An extremely thought-provoking documentary about one of the most worrisome structural problems in American society today: incarceration. After reporting on the sorry state of US public schools and teachers in Waiting for Superman, Eugene Jarecki delivers another punch that is bound to get us thinking again.
Asks all the right questions about all the right problems. The movie slowly gets under your skin and compels you to acknowledge the cold hard fact that the higher powers of this nation are committing more unspeakable crimes than th[ose] they incarcerate to pad their own wallets, assure their societal positions, demonstrate their influence, justify inflated budgets and ameliorate their infantile Anglo fears.-FilmSlate