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NCJ Number: 67557 Find in a Library
Title: PRISON
Corporate Author: National Film Board of Canada
United States of America
Project Director: W KOENIG
Date Published: 1975
Sponsoring Agency: McGraw-Hill Publishing Co
New York, NY 10020
National Film Board of Canada
New York, NY 10020
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: McGraw-Hill Publishing Co
1221 Ave. of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
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: THIS ANIMATED FILM FOR HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLEGE STUDENTS OF SOCIOLOGY OR PSYCHOLOGY, OR FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC, SHOWS THE EFFECTS OF PRISON ON A RECENTLY CONVICTED MAN, EMPHASIZING THE FUTILITY OF THE PRESENT PENAL SYSTEM.
Abstract: ALTHOUGH IMAGES USED IN THE FILM ARE IMPRESSIONISTIC ANIMATED DRAWINGS, THE SOUND TRACK CONTAINS NATURAL SOUNDS--CARS MOVING AND STOPPING, DOORS AND PRISON BARS OPENING, FOOTSTEPS, MEN'S VOICES. THE FILM IS PRESENTED FROM THE PRISONER'S POINT OF VIEW. THE SEQUENCE OF EVENTS COVERS A FIRST OFFENDER'S INITIATION INTO PRISON LIFE, BEGINNING WITH HIS ARRIVAL AT A REMOTELY LOCATED, WALLED BASTION. THIS INITATION IS MARKED BY A SERIES OF DEHUMANIZING EXPERIENCES: THE ADMISSIONS PROCEDURE, WHEN THE PRISONER IS STRIPPED OF HIS BELONGINGS, TOLD TO SHOWER, AND LED TO THE CELLBLOCK; OF CELL MATES TAUNTS AND RIDICULE; AND THE HARROWING SCREAMS A OF FELLOW INMATE GONE BERSERK IN THE NIGHT. THE PRISONER MESS HALL, AN ASSIGNMENT TO CELLBLOCK CLEANING DUTY, AND INMATE FIGHT, AND AN INTERVIEW WITH THE SUPERVISING CORRECTIONS OFFICER OUTLINING PRISON DISCIPLINE ARE EXPERIENCES OF THE FOLLOWING DAY. THE FILM CONCLUDES WITH THE IMAGE OF THE LONELY PRISONER CONTEMPLATING HIS LOT, WHILE A VOICE URGES HIM TO COPE WITH THE SITUATION. A FILM GUIDE WITH BIBLIOGRAPHY IS ATTACHED. (MRK)
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Diagnostic and reception processing; Effects of imprisonment; Films; Inmate attitudes; Inmate staff relations; Prisonization
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