Rikers: ‘An American Jail – Bill Moyers Considers the Human Toll of Mass Incarceration | Watch full Documentry

Through the Lens of Rikers Island Jail

Coming to PBS stations in May, 2017, RIKERS: An American Jail brings viewers face to face with men and women who have endured incarceration. Their stories, told direct to camera, vividly describe the cruel arc of the Rikers Island experience—from the shock of entry, to the extortion and control exercised by other inmates, the oppressive interaction with corrections officers, the beatings and stabbings, the torture of solitary confinement and the many challenges of returning to the outside world.

With an introduction by Bill Moyers, this one-hour documentary was produced by his long-time colleagues and award-winning filmmakers Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin with Rolake Bamgbose. It is a film America’s crusading legal hero Bryan Stevenson recently called “powerful journalism, transformational art and an unmistakable indictment of the American prison system.”

The United States is facing a crisis of mass incarceration and the stories of Rikers Island Jail are all too common in jails across America. Similar violence, abuse and corruption make local headlines. The same issues stand in the way of swift and appropriate justice, turning jails into warehouses that detain the guilty and the innocent without distinction. Bill Moyers says, “For most of us, places like Rikers Island and the jails in American communities are out of sight and out of mind, foreign countries we never visit. What happens to the people inside is done in our name, with our tax dollars, and reputedly for our safety, but we are often blind to what goes on.”

RIKERS is a production of Schumann Media Center, Inc. and Brick City TV LLC in association with Public Square Media, Inc. Produced by Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin, with producer Rolake Bamgbose. Executive Producer, Judy Doctoroff O’Neill. Executive Editor, Bill Moyers.

Learn more at RIKERSfilm.org and on Facebook and Twitter @RIKERSfilm

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JUSTICE

Watch RIKERS Documentary

A riveting new film from Bill Moyers and team brings you face to face with what it’s like to be incarcerated in America.

NOVEMBER 15, 2016

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Rikers Island is New York City’s largest jail. It has also been ranked as one of the 10 worst jails in America.

Of the more than 7,500 people detained at Rikers Jail on any given day, almost 80 percent have not yet been found guilty or innocent of the charges they face. All are at risk in the pervasive culture of violence that forces people to come to terms with what they must do for their own survival.

RIKERS brings you face to face with men and women who have endured incarceration at Rikers Island. Their stories, told direct to camera, vividly describe the cruel arc of the Rikers experience — from the shock of entry, to the extortion and control exercised by other inmates, the oppressive interaction with corrections officers, the beatings and stabbings, the torture of solitary confinement and the many challenges of returning to the outside world.

Visit the official Rikers website to watch the trailer, the full film and a video introduction from Bill Moyers.

And don’t miss a follow-up conversation with host Alison Stewart discussing issues raised in the documentary, the history and future of the jail complex, and reforms planned by the NYC Department of Correction, with Judge Jonathan Lippman, chair of the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform, and Errol Louis, political anchor at NY1.

Please be sure to like @RIKERSfilm on Facebook and follow @RIKERSfilm on Twitter to get the latest information and contribute to the already robust online community talking about the film.

RIKERS is a production of Schumann Media Center, Inc. and Brick City TV LLC, in association with Public Square Media, Inc. Produced by Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin, with producer Rolake Bamgbose. Edited by Jason Pollard. Director of Photography Mark Benjamin. Executive Producer, Judy Doctoroff O’Neill. Executive Editor, Bill Moyers.

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Islamicate writes:

Rikers: An American Jail

There is a new film on Rikers, called Rikers: An American Jail, and I’m quoted in the interfaith discussion guide.

As a Muslim, when I hear about prison, I think to the Story of Joseph, told in Chapter 12 of the Qur’an: are we punishing difference, rather than actions, and putting the innocent in jail? Do we seek to turn people to repentance, or are we fulfilling our needs for revenge? One of the clear commandments in the Qur’an is to maintain the balance of justice, and to not give into our own desires and call it justice (55:9, 4:135). We are warned that we can easily corrupt society in the name of public good (2:11). The Qur’an seems to be warning us against our prison industrial complex, exemplified by Rikers Island Jail.

Source: http://www.islamicate.com/

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