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NCJ Number: 76848 Find in a Library
Title: Hard Time
Author(s): D Bell; W ThremBellThrem D, W
Corporate Author: Dave Bell Associates, Inc
United States of America
Project Director: D Bell; W Threm
Date Published: 1980
Sponsoring Agency: Dave Bell Associates, Inc
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Northbrook, IL 60062
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: MTI
3710 Commercial Avenue
Northbrook, IL 60062
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A training tool for corrections and criminal justice students, this film presents a behind-the-scenes view of life at a typical maximum-security prison.
Abstract: Shot on location at Stateville Prison in Joliet, Ill., this documentary shows how prisoners do 'hard time.' Both inmates and prison personnel express bitterness and hostility toward the correctional system as it exists. It becomes clear that the major goal of rehabilitating the individual becomes lost in the struggle for control. Brutal prison conditions breed a value system based on survival of the fittest, where kindness is interpreted as weakness, and the ability to exploit and control others is the only form of strength. The film indicates that after having survived these brutalizing conditions, one-quarter of a million inmates are released from prison each year; many of these ex-convicts will return to endure more 'hard time.' The film also considers the racial tensions that exist at Stateville, where 82 percent of the inmates are black, 11 percent are white, and 7 percent are Hispanic. Designed for use as a public information and community education tool, the film demonstrates that the American correctional system requires much reform if inmates are to be treated humanely. A viewing guide with discussion questions is supplied. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Correctional institutions (adult); Correctional personnel; Correctional reform; Corrections effectiveness; Effects of imprisonment; Illinois; Incarceration; Inmate grievances; Inmate personal security; Maximum security; State correctional facilities
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. This is a 16mm color/sound motion picture film. It is 27 minutes in length. It is also available as a video cassette and is 27 minutes in length. Rental is available.
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