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"Broken On All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration and New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S." Film Screening and Discussion

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

5:30 PM

7:30 PM

School of Government Room 2603

UNC Professor of Law Emeritus Rich Rosen will moderate a panel discussion and Q&A following the screening.

 

"The documentary centers around the theory put for­ward by many, and most recently by Michelle Alexander (who appears in the movie), that mass incarceration has become ‘The New Jim Crow.’ That is, since the rise of the drug war and the explosion of the prison population, and because discretion within the sys­tem allows for arrest and prosecution of people of color at alarmingly higher rates than whites, pris­ons and criminal penal­ties have become a new ver­sion of Jim Crow. Much of the discrimination that was legal in the Jim Crow era is today illegal when applied to black people but perfectly legal when applied to ‘criminals.’ The prob­lem is that through subjective choices, people of color have been tar­geted at significantly higher rates for stops, searches, arrests, prosecution, and harsher sentences. So, where does this leave criminal justice?  Through inter­views with people on many sides of the criminal justice system, this documentary aims to answer questions and provoke questions on an issue walled-off from the public's scrutiny.” - Matthew Pillischer, Director of “Broken On All Sides”

 

For more information, see http://brokenonallsides.com/ .

 

Sponsored by the NC Public Defenders' Association Committee on Racial Equity and the Dan Pollitt Defense Bar.

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