Prison State


There are 2.3 million people locked up in the United States, around half of these people have been sentenced for nonviolent crimes. These inmates are literally costing states billions of dollars each year that they can’t afford. In this FRONTLINE special we are taken inside one of America’s neighborhoods where getting locked up is just simply a part of everyday life. We see how the system is designed for these people to fail because there’s nothing for them once they come out of prison.

We visit Kentucky, a state that is attempting to fix this broken system and follows the lives of four individuals rotating between custody and freedom. Using deep access to the Louisville jail, the film focuses on the efforts of Mark Bolton, the city’s director of corrections, as he tries to move inmates back into the community.

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