Film maker Derrick Jones takes a look at the exploding rates of incarceration of African American men in the US in his documentary The Great Incarcerator Part 1: Dark Little Secret.
The U.S. houses 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s known prison population. One out of 100 or 2.5 million adults are behind bars, and over 5 million on probation or parole. “This incarceration rate is unprecedented in world history, supported and perpetuated by our laws and attitudes about prison and prisoners, and despite inmates costing the taxpayer almost twice as much per year as students…none of this being accidental. The intentional design of our prison system is explored through commentary from those who have studied our prison system academically and through the experience of serving time.”
The Great Incarcerator Part 1: Dark Little Secret will be screened on Friday February 12th at noon at Naropa University in Boulder as part of their Black History Month Film and Dialogue series. The screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker Derrick Jones.