Video co-producers Glenn and Jackie Austin and Marshall Weber are independent video artists working on prison issues. (Jackie is also the President of Wisconsin-CURE, Inc.) They have released two half-hour shows, both available on a one-hour VHS tape. Part I, Crimes of Punishment, is a documentary giving an overview of the problems in prisons and jails. Featured in the video is the story of Adrian Lomax, a Wisconsin prisoner placed into segregation for writing a newspaper article which allegedly jeopardized staff and prison security. Also featured are community workers, prisoners and former prisoners who raise questions about the practice of American penology today. Part II, The CIA of State Government, is a documentary about how a Wisconsin prisoner named Donald Woods was killed by staff at the Waupun Correctional Institution in September 1990 and the killing was covered up. The video examines the whitewash of this killing, the protests against it, and the opposition of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) to the establishment of an inmate death review board to investigate prisoner deaths. It was the ability of the Wisconsin DOC to operate without any outside oversight which led one legislator to nickname the agency "the CIA of state government."
Price per VHS tape: $18.00 + $2.25 for postage and mailer. (Make check or money order out to INSIDE VOICES, and mail c/o Wisconsin-CURE, Inc., PO Box 9452, Madison, WI 53715. Not tax-deductible, but all proceeds generated by this project will be used to create more public information about prison and jail issues.)
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