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RIKERS: An American Jail

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
University of Baltimore
H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons
1415 Maryland Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21201

University of Baltimore
Screening, Discussion & Reception

Maryland Public Television (MPT) and the University of Baltimore School of Criminal Justice held a riveting screening and discussion about the human toll of mass incarceration on April 26, 2017. 

The panel included:

  • Johnny Perez, Safe Re-entry Advocate at the Urban Justice Center, featured in the film
  • Debra Stanley, Ph.D., Professor and Executive Director, School of Criminal Justice, University of Baltimore
  • Roger E. Hartley, Ph.D., Dean, College of Public Affairs, University of Baltimore
  • Tarolyn Thrasher, Case Manager, Re-Entry Program, Druid Heights Community Development Corporation
  • Karen Gibbs (Moderator), Anchor and News Correspondent, Maryland Public Television

The United States is facing a crisis of mass incarceration with over 2.2 million people packed into its jails and prisons. To understand the human toll of this crisis, Rikers Island is a good place to start. Of the more than 7,500 people detained at Rikers Island on any given day, almost 80% 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: AN AMERICAN JAIL, a compelling new documentary from Bill Moyers, 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.


See a recap of the event here:


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