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Criminal Justice Resources: Documentary Films

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Looking for clips about crime? Here is a selection of documentaries available in the MSU Main Library G. M. Kline Digital and Multimedia Center, the MSU College of Law Library, and the Library of Michigan.  (There are also a few additional films available via NetFlix Streaming Video in the list which require a personal subscription.) 

If you search Our Online Catalog using the word videorecording or documentary in addition to crime, gangs, etc., you may be able to find additional films available in either the MSU Main Library, the MSU College of Law Library, or the Library of Michigan Library in downtown Lansing. If you desire, you can modify your search to Main Library only.

Criminal Justice and Public Safety in Video

Criminal Justice and Public Safety in Video by Alexander Street Press is a landmark collection that illustrates the strategies, techniques, and experiences of professionals serving on the front lines of justice and public safety. From law enforcement and corrections personnel, to first responders and victims’ advocates, this compilation of documentaries, training videos, and interviews visually depicts the theoretical principles and practical application of criminal justice and emergency response.  Note : if the link doesn't work with Internet Explorer, try Mozilla Firefox.
 

Investigation techniques, parole monitoring, victim counseling, forensic analysis—the study of criminal justice and public safety requires students to put educational theories into practice. There is no better way to make that connection than to see key concepts in action.

At completion, the collection will offer 500 hours of high quality content essential to the core curriculum. The wide range of topics covered includes international coverage, allowing for a comparative view of criminal justice systems.

Subject areas include: corrections, courts and adjudication, crime typology, criminal law, criminal procedure, criminology, first responders, forensics, juvenile justice, law enforcement, substance abuse/re-entry, victimology, and violent crime.

PBS Video Collection Streaming Video

The PBS Video Collection (2015-2017) also contains a number of streaming videos, including:

The Confessions

Juvenile Justice

Law and Disorder

Lost in Detention : The Hidden World of Immigration Enforcement

The Meth Epidemic

The Plea

The Pot Republic

Selected Documentaries, A

The 900 Women: Inside St Gabriel's PrisonInvestigative Reports (A&E Television Networks, 2000) 47:28 mins   Streaming video from Criminal Justice and Public Safety Video.  : This special documentary follows the lives and struggles of women in Louisiana's most notorious prison for female inmates: the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women....Housing 900 of the State's most dangerous women, the programme follows six of these women as they try to survive the trials of life in prison as daughters, mothers and grandmothers....68 year old Mary, the oldest women in the prison, is serving a life sentence for two murders. Her struggle is to convince the warden to build a cemetery on the compound for her burial....We also follow 24 year old Adine Rayford as she delivers her second child and is forced to leave it at the hospital as she returns back to prison. Meanwhile Heather Zerangue, a young girl from New Orleans, who had a brief career in modelling before coming to prison, approaches her first parole hearing, nervous that her mother is going to show up and speak against her....Finally, Keanna, a young mother of three serving time for a heroin deal, is finally released. We follow her out of prison, only to see her eventually rearrested and returned to prison once more....Join us on this emotional journey through the lives of women who have ended up on the wrong side of the law, and now face a daily struggle to keep their families together, while creating new lives for themselves on the inside.

1971 / Maximum Pictures & Fork Films present, in association with Big Mouth Productions, Motto Pictures, Ford Foundation JustFilms, Candescent Films, a film by Johanna Hamilton ; directed and produced by Johanna Hamilton ; produced by Marilyn Ness, Katy Chevigny ; written by Johanna Hamilton, Gabriel Rhodes. New York, New York] : First Run Features, [2015]   1 DVD videodisc (80 minutes) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 12 cm  G. M. Kline MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV8144.F43 A175 2015 VideoDVD   On March 8, 1971 eight ordinary citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, a town just outside Philadelphia, took hundreds of secret files, and shared them with the public. In doing so, they uncovered the FBI’s vast and illegal regime of spying and intimidation of Americans exercising their First Amendment rights. Despite searching for the people behind the heist in one of the largest investigations ever conducted, the FBI never solved the mystery of the break-in, and their identities remained a secret.  Until now.... For the first time, the members of the Citizens’ Commission have decided to come forward and speak out about their actions. 1971, by award-winning filmmaker Johanna Hamilton, is their story....Told through a combination of exclusive interviews, rare primary documents from the break-in and investigation, national news coverage of the burglary and dramatic re-creations, the story of the Citizens’ Commission unfolds with haunting echoes to today’s questions of privacy in the era of government surveillance.

Adam Abdul Hakeem: One Who SurvivedProduced by Thalia Drori.  1993.  41 minutes.  Streaming video from Filmakers Library : Twenty-year-old Adam Abdul Hakeem was the first person in American judicial history to be found innocent by reason of self defense in a police shooting case. This gripping documentary tells the story of Hakeem, (formerly named Larry Davis), who tried to extricate himself from a police-run drug ring in which he had participated for six years. In doing so, it examines the relationships between law enforcement agencies, the criminal justice system, and the African-American community....The police raided Hakeem's apartment without a warrant, claiming he was a suspect in the murders of four drug dealers in the Bronx. Hakeem shot six policemen and escaped. After a controversial trial, he was acquitted on the major charges, but sentenced to five to fifteen years for illegal possession of a weapon. While in prison, he endured continual beatings, to the point where his spine was severely injured and he remains paralyzed. While this film does not exonerate Hakeem, it points up an institutionalized form of prejudice and brutality within the criminal justice system. These issues are particularly timely in view of the racial strife that is erupting nationwide.
Postscript: Adam Abdul Hakeem was kiilled in prison in 2008.

Aimee's Crossing  / a film by Tod Lending.  Chicago : Nomadic Pictures, 2008, c1999.  1 DVD videodisc (35 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  G. M. Kline MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6046 .A35 2008 VideoDVD : In this very intimate, honest and provocative character study, the story of juvenile offender Aimee Meyers unfolds over four years as she struggles to overcome her addictions and destructive behavior. Lending films Aimee through her incarcerations and releases. He captures her therapy sessions, parole board reviews, staff case meetings, and the important relationships she has with her teacher, Jeannie Lewis, and Parole Agent, Mitch Blackart. In the end, Aimee learns that to improve her life she’ll have to face the painful traumas of her past and accept the responsibilities of the present. Narrated by Aimee, this film offers a unique perspective on how some juvenile offenders can change.  Watch clips.

The al-Qaeda Files / a Frontline co-production with Rain Media ... [et al.] ; produced/ directed/ written/ reported by Martin Smith ... [et al.] ; executive producers, David Fanning ... [et al.].  [Alexandria, Va.?] : PBS Home Video ; Hollywood, Calif. : Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, c2006.  2 DVD videodiscs (6 hr., 36 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6432.5.Q2 A4265 2006 VideoDVD : A compilation of seven Frontline programs centered around activities of the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda, produced both before and after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Covers: Osama bin Laden; the U.S. "war on terror"; sleeper cells operating in the United States; al-Qaeda attacks in Europe; and the FBI's top terrorism expert Special Agent John O'Neill.

America at a Crossroads. Homegrown: Islam in Prison  / WETA ; Durrin Productions ; series producer, Leo Eaton ; producer and director, Ginny Durrin ; writers, Ginny Durrin and Phylis Geller.  [Arlington, VA.] : PBS Home Video, c2007. 1 DVD videodisc (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6431 .A64 2007 VideoDVD :  In 2005, a group calling itself Ja̓miyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheech, which translates to Assembly of Authentic Islam, and shortened to JIS by law enforcement, plotted to strike U.S. military facilities, Israeli national interests and synagogues in the Los Angeles area around the Jewish high holidays. This film features the complexities of Islam in prison by tracing the men charged with 2005 alleged terrorist plot in Los Angeles and an overcrowded prison system which might become a breeding ground for homegrown terrorists.

American Denial / a co-production of Vital Pictures, Inc. and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)..  2014. 1  DVD videodisc (56 minutes).   MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, E185.61 .A637 2014 VideoDVD : In 1944 Gunnar Myrdal's monumental An American Dilemma drew back the veil on the fundamental conflict between the American Creed and American practice. Plunging into the Jim Crow South, Myrdal found then that America was 'struggling for its soul'.  American Denial asks:  Are we still struggling for our soul - on the streets and courts of Ferguson, MO ... and beyond?  What is implicit bias and how does the Unconscious shape attitudes, behaviors, political structures - in our justice system, incarceration and law enforcement systems, economic arrangements and social policy, especially regarding race?  Can we be a post-racial society?   Cover.

American Drug War  : The Last White Hope (2008) / In association with Ostrow and Company ; Sacred Cow Productions ; a film by Kevin Booth.  [United States?] : SCP Enterprises, c2008. 1 DVD videodisc (118 min.): sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV5825 .A4 2008 VideoDVD  : The War on Drugs has become the longest and most costly war in American history, the question has become, how much more can the country endure? Inspired by the death of four family members from "legal drugs" Texas filmmaker Kevin Booth sets out to discover why the Drug War has become such a big failure. Three and a half years in the making the film follows gang members, former DEA agents, CIA officers, narcotics officers, judges, politicians, prisoners and celebrities. Most notably the film befriends Freeway Ricky Ross; the man accuse for starting the Crack epidemic, who after being arrested discovered that his cocaine source had been working for the CIA....American Drug War shows how money, power and greed have corrupted not just dope fiends but an entire government. Most importantly, it shows what can be done about it. This is not some 'pro-drug' stoner film, but a collection of expert testimonials from the ground troops on the front lines of the drug war, the ones who are fighting it and the ones who are living it.

American Porn  / Michael Kirk ; written by Michael Kirk & Peter J. Boyer ; a Frontline coproduction with Kirk Documentary Group, Ltd. ; WGBH Educational Foundation. [Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Home Video, c2002. 1 VHS videocassette (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HQ471 .A44 2002 Videocassette : Frontline reports on the forces behind the recent explosion of sexually explicit material available in American society and the pending political battle that may engulf the multi-billion dollar pornography industry.

America's Brutal Prisons / produced and directed by Nick London ; Channel 4 International. Brooklyn, NY : First Run/Icarus Films, c2005. 1 DVD videodisc (48 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West HV9304 .A447 2005 VideoDVD : The recent Abu Ghraib prison torture scandal shocked the American public. But they might be even more stunned to discover that strikingly similar violence occurs inside prisons throughout the United States, where prisoners are routinely abused, even tortured, by prison guards. More information   (Alternate title : Torture - America's Brutal Prisons) 

Arresting Power : Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon / Collective Eye Films.  2015.  84 minutes. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West   HV8148.P73 A77 2015 VideoDVD  disc & discussion guide : Documents the history of conflict between the Portland police and community members throughout the past fifty years. The film features personal stories of resistance told by victims of police misconduct, the families of people who were killed by police, and members of Portland’s reform and abolition movements. Utilizing meditative footage taken at sites of police violence, experimental filmmaking techniques, and archival newsreel, Arresting Power creates a space for understanding the impacts of police violence and imagining a world without police. This film provides a historical and political analysis of the role of the police in contemporary society and the history of policing in the United States. It provides a framework for understanding the systems of social control in Portland with its history of exclusion laws, racial profiling, gentrification practices and policing along lines of race and class. It serves to uncover Portland’s unique history of police relations and community response.

Aryan Brotherhood, in Gangland (A&E Television Networks), 49:35 mins. Streaming video from Criminal Justice and Public Safety Video.

Aryan Terror, by History Channel & Towers Productions, Inc., in Gangland (A&E Television Networks), 46:30 mins.  Streaming video from Criminal Justice and Public Safety Video.  About the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, a notorious prison gang.

Assassinations That Changed the World   [S.l.] : A&E Home Video ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. by New Video Group, c1996. 2 VHS videocassettes (ca. 200 min., color, with b&w sequences)  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6278 .A88 1996 Videocassette : Videocassette release of a television special broadcast on November 18-21, 1996. This program looks at history's most notorious public murders.  Subject headings include : [Assassins -- History]


 Note: Many of the crime files also have accompaning print guides which are available in government documents.


Selected Documentaries, B

Bangin'  : The Life of a Latino Gangster  (2004) / Visionary Entertainment in association with BT Digital ; produced by Richard Munoz and Ray Newman ; directed by Anthony "Stretch" Douglas.  [United States] : Visionary Entertainment, 2008.  1 DVD videodisc (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6452.C29 B36 2008 VdideoDVD : A look inside the Latino gangs of South Central LA. Includes interviews with gang members both young and old, male and female.

Behind Closed Doors.  Produced by Frame Up Films, Ltd.  1993.  46 minuts.  Streaming video from Filmakers Library : Behind Closed Doors is an in-depth examination of domestic violence from a very personal perspective. It focuses on David, an abuser, and Margaret, a victim, who each discuss their difficult childhoods, their low self esteem, their feelings of shame, and their determination to break the patterns of violence that have governed their lives....David was so severely abused by his father that he was hospitalized. Removed from his family, he entered a group home only to be subject to more violent behavior. As he tells his story, psychologists explain how such experience affects subsequent behavior. When he finally lived on his own, he briefly turned to crime and habitually abused women. Eventually marrying, his violent behavior continued until he almost killed his wife. Upon arrest, he was obliged to take an "anger management program." It was this program that helped rehabilitate him to the point where he could marry again and lead a normal family life....Margaret's story is also one of childhood trauma, and an abusive marriage which almost killed her. A battered woman's program and counselling helped her to escape and learn to live on her own. The scars are very deep, but she is able to enjoy a life free from fear.

Beyond Conviction  / Cinema Guild ; a Tied To The Tracks Films, Inc. ; directed and produced by Rachel Libert ; producer, Jedd Wider, Todd Wider.  New York, N.Y. : Cinema Guild, Inc. c2007.  1 DVD videodisc (97 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, KF1328 .B49 2006 VideoDVD : This is a documentary on the story of three crime victims on an emotional journey toward healing and recovery. Beyond conviction follows participants in Pennsylvania's "Mediation program for crimes of severe violence", (1998). The film provides a rare glimpse into the lingering pain and trauma for both victims and offenders and examines this bold effort to bring humanity into the criminal justice.

Beyond the Blue : Life as a Female Police Officer / Films for the Humanities and Social Sciences, 1997.  DVD.  25 minutes.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West,  HV8023 .B49 2005 VideoDVD : Angela Macdougall is a wife, mother, and S.W.A.T. team sniper. This program  explores what it is like to balance a career in a risky, high-visibility, male-dominated occupation with marriage and motherhood. Angie and her husband, Chris, talk about the demands of law enforcement—the need for objectivity, the fight against cynicism, the skepticism of fellow officers, the emphasis on physical fitness—and the sacrifices they have both made to accommodate her ten-and-a-half years on the police force. Despite the statistically high rate of divorce among police officers, Angie and Chris believe they have beaten the odds.

Biggie and Tupac (2002) 107 min.  Streaming video from SnagFilms. : Biggie and Tupac is a no holds barred investigation into the still unsolved murders of two of the biggest superstars rap has ever produced; Christopher Wallace, aka Biggie Smalls, and Tupac Shakur. Answering the crusading calls for justice from Biggie’s mother Voletta, Broomfield hits the streets from East Coast to West Coast, putting his own life at risk as he uncovers sensational new evidence that points directly to the involvement of the LAPD and imprisoned Death Row records co-founder Marion ‘Suge’ Knight in the violent slayings that shocked the hip hop world. Courtesy of SnagFilms.

Biology and Crime (Crime File)Rockville, MD : National Institute of Justice, [1985?]. 1 VHS videocassette (28min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6115 .B565 1985 Videocassette : Discusses whether or not people are born into a life of crime.

Biology and Crime by Joseph Camp, Deborah Denno, Richard Hernstein, Sarnoff Mednick, Susan Udelson, and James Q. Wilson., directed by Joseph Camp, in Crime File (National Institute of Justice, 1990) 28:49 mins.  Streaming video from Criminal Justice and Public Safety Video.

 Birth Of The American Mafia, by Bill Kurtisk, David Sosterlund, directed by David Osterfund (A&E Television Networks), 43:59 mins. Streaming video from Criminal Justice and Public Safety Video.

Black & Gold : The Story of the Almighty Latin King and Queen of Music / a big noise film ; by Rick Rowley, Jacquie Soohen.  Santa Barbara, CA : Big Noise Films ; Oakland, Ca. : PM Press, c2008.  1 DVD videodisc (76 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6439.U7 B53 2008 VideoDVD : In 1994, the Latin Kings - the largest and most powerful street gang in New York - became the Latin King and Queen Nation. They claimed to have abandoned their criminal past and to be following in the footsteps of the Black Panthers and the Young Lords. With over 3,000 members in New York, some saw the Latin King and Queen Nation as the most important political voice to rise from the streets in decades. The NYPD did not agree, calling them a vicious gang with a PR campaign. One thing is certain, the City was never the same after the Nation went downtown....In 1997 Big Noise films became the only media group ever given unrestricted access to the Nation. For two years they ran with the Kings and Queens in New York City, filming on the front lines of their everyday struggle for survival. Black and Gold explores a reality that is too often reduced to a stereotype or a slogan. Its unblinking lens puts you at the center of a complex and controversial movement....The Nation was one of the major forces that made police violence and the prison system political issues in New York City. But from the beginning the NYPD has questioned the sincerity of the Nation's political involvement, and has systematically worked to dismantle what they see as the most dangerous street gang in the City. Their efforts culminated in a spectacular midnight raid on May 15, 1998 when over 1,000 Federal and City agents simultaneously raided homes across the city making over 100 arrests in what was the largest coordinated FBI action since prohibition....Black and Gold lets you feel the tension inside the movement as it comes under fire from midnight police raids and assassination attempts. In the end it shows us both the black and the gold - both the fear and violence of the street and the fierce love inside the most dangerous movement in the City. Extras include full length interviews with King Tone and Puerto Rican revolutionary Richie Perez.

Blood in the Face  / Right Thinking Productions ; a film by Anne Bohlen, Kevin Rafferty, James Ridgeway ; produced and directed by Ann Bohlen, Kevin Rafferty, James Ridgeway.  New York, NY : First Run Icarus Films, c1991.  1 VHS videocassette (ca. 77 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, E184.A1 B56 1991 Videocassette : A darkly humorous and frightening close-up view of today's far right movements. Uses archival footage and interviews to reveal the inner workings of the Ku Klux Klan, the Aryan movements, Nazi skinheads and Neo-Nazis. Subject headings include : [White supremacy groups] [Ku Klux Klan] [Skinheads] [Neo-nazis]

Body Detectives  / director, Sophie Rolfe ; producer, Robin Anderson ; a BBC production in association with Clearcut Communications for the Discovery Channel.  [Princeton, NJ] : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2006.  1 DVD videodisc (52 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, GN69.8 .B63 2006 VideoDVD : This clinical program travels to the world's first open-air crime  lab with founder Bill Bass, of The University of Tennessee, for a close-up look at how cadavers decay. As proxies for murder victims, these decomposing bodies are studied in the name of science and the cause of justice. Factors and biological markers that help pinpoint time since death, including wind and weather, insects and carnivores, fire damage, soft tissue leachate, mold, and bacteria, are addressed. Three homicide cases that hinged on data and expertise gained at the Farm are presented, and Ph. D. students are filmed doing field work and body processing.

Bombing L.A.   Hollywood, CA : Glaser Productions ; distributed by Cinema Guild, 1988. 1 VHS videocassette (35 min.MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, GT3913.C3 B6 1988 Videocassette : Film surveys different viewpoints on graffiti in Los Angeles through interviews with grafitti/street artists, property owners, police and citizens of Los Angeles. The question of graffiti as a public art form or a disfigurement of public property is investigated. Film also examines the role graffiti plays in Los Angeles youth gangs.  Subject headings include : [Graffiti -- California -- Los Angeles]
[Street art -- California -- Los Angeles] [Mural painting and decoration -- 20th century -- California -- Los Angeles] [Gangs -- California -- Los Angeles]

Books Not Bars  / [presented by] Witness, the Human Rights Institute, and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights ; a Rights Now production ; produced and directed by Mark Landsman.  New York, N.Y. : Witness, 2001.  1 DVD videodisc (22 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 computer disk (4 3/4 in.).  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV9276.5 .B664 2001 VideoDVD : Documents the inspiring youth-led movement against the massive prison industry in the U.S., illustrating the negative impact of for-profit prison industry on youth -- particularly those from communities of color. Looks at public misperceptions about the criminalization of youth and highlights the relationship between increases in prison spending and decreases in education spending. Youth activists challenge audiences to explore alternative options to detention and debunk public misperceptions about youth crime rates. The film provides inspiring examples of peer activism, youth organizing, and mobilization around prison issues, providing youth with tangible ways to get involved with the movement to reform the U.S. prison system. In the video, young activists convince the Board of Corrections to deny pre-approved state funding for Alameda County's effort to build the biggest per capita juvenile hall in the state of California.

Bought & Sold  / A Witness production in association with the Global Survival Network ; produced and directed by Gillian Caldwell.  New York : Witness, 1997. 1 DVD videodisc (42 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HQ281 .B68 1997 VideoDVD : Based on a two year undercover investigation conducted by the Global Survival Network into the illegal trafficking in women from the Former Soviet republics, this documentary features interviews with traffickers, Russian mafia, trafficked women, and groups working to provide services to these women. In English and Russian with English subtitles. Subject headings include : [Women -- Crimes against -- Former Soviet republics] [Prostitution -- Former Soviet republics] [Prostitutes -- Rehabilitation -- Former Soviet republics] [Prostitutes -- Former Soviet republics -- Interviews] [Human rights -- Former Soviet republics]

Bowling for Columbine  / United Artists and Alliance Atlantis present a Salter Street Films and VIF 2 production, a Dog Eat Dog Films production ; producers, Michael Moore, Kathleen Glynn, Jim Czarnecki, Charles Bishop, Michale Donovan ; written and directed by Michael Moore.  Santa Monica, Calif. : MGM Home Entertainment, 2004.  1 DVD videodisc (119 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West,  HV7436 .B69 2003 VideoDVD : The United States of America is notorious for its astronomical number of people killed by firearms for a developed nation without a civil war. With his signature sense of angry humor, activist filmmaker Michael Moore sets out to explore the roots of this bloodshed.

Broken Child: Case Studies of Child Abuse  Princeton, N.J. : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2003. 1 DVD videodisc (61 minutes, color).  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6626.5 .B76 2001 VideoDVD : Every year in the U.S., approximately one in 25 children is reported as a victim of prenatal substance abuse, criminal neglect, or physical or emotional violence, and child-protection agencies are being overwhelmed by the crisis. Filmed on location in Baltimore, Atlanta, Houston, and Seattle, this cautionary program narrated by Susan Sarandon examines the cycle of child abuse. Case studies include children with developmental difficulties caused by maternal drug addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder brought on by scenes of extreme violence in the home, and life-threatening injuries from beatings. Subject headings include : [Child abuse -- social aspects]

Broken on all sides : race, mass incarceration & new visions for criminal justice in the U.S. / a documentary by Matthew Pillischer ; produced, directed and edited by Matthew Pillischer.. [United States] : [Distributed by] Matthew Pillischer, [2012]  1 DVD videodisc (68 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in..MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West,  HV9471 .B765 2012 VideoDVD: The documentary centers around the theory put for­ward by many, and most recently by Michelle Alexander (who appears in the movie), that mass incarceration has become "The New Jim Crow." That is, since the rise of the drug war and the explosion of the prison population, and because discretion within the sys­tem allows for arrest and prosecution of people of color at alarmingly higher rates than whites, pris­ons and criminal penal­ties have become a new ver­sion of Jim Crow. Much of the discrimination that was legal in the Jim Crow era is today illegal when applied to black people but perfectly legal when applied to "criminals." The prob­lem is that through subjective choices, people of color have been tar­geted at significantly higher rates for stops, searches, arrests, prosecution, and harsher sentences. So, where does this leave criminal justice? ... Through inter­views with people on many sides of the criminal justice system, this documentary aims to answer questions and provoke questions on an issue walled-off from the public's scrutiny.  Check out the website.


 Note: Many of the crime files also have accompaning print guides which are available in government documents.

Selected Documentaries, C

Cargo: Innocence Lost   Los Angeles, CA] : Journey Film Group, 2008. 3 DVD videodiscs (ca. 133 min.)  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HQ281 .H864 2008 VideoDVD 1-3 : Disc 1: Cargo: innocence lost (73 min.) -- Disc 2. Svetlana's journey (40 min.) -- Disc 3. Human trafficking training module (20 min.) A compelling documentary unveils the dark underworld of sex trafficking through compelling interviews with some of the country's top officials on the subject, victims' advocates and victims themselves....Cargo: innocence lost is a documentary exploring sexual slavery in the U.S. and features interviews with top officials on the subject, victims' advocates, and victims themselves....Svetlana's journey is based on a true story about a young Bulgarian gril who is forced into a life of prostitution....Human trafficking training module is a documentary designed to train public safety professionals on the crime of human trafficking and how it may be disguised in their jurisdictions. Subject headings include : [Human trafficking] [Human trafficking -- United States] [Human trafficking victims -- United States] [Prostitution -- United States] [Prostitutes -- Bulgaria -- Drama] [Child prostitutes -- Bulgaria -- Drama]

The Case for Innocence   WGBH Educational Foundation ; written, produced and directed by Ofra Bikel.  [Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Video, c2000. 1 VHS videocassette (90 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. MSU Law Library Reserve VIDEO C : Fifteen years ago, DNA analysis was nonexistent. Today, more than seventy inmates accused of rape and murder have been freed because DNA tests proved their innocence in a way that evidence, courtroom testimony, and eyewitness accounts never could. Why then are prosecutors, courts, and even governors reluctant to use this scientific test? And when evidence has been tested and DNA does not match that of the accused, how can the law overlook the results? Program investigates the reasons why inmates remain in prison despite DNA evidence that excludes them as the perpetrators. Courtesy of Frontline. Subject headings include : [Evidence (Law) -- United States] [DNA fingerprinting -- United States]

The Central Park Five  / a film by Ken Burns, David McMahon, Sarah Burns ; a Florentine Films production ; written by Sarah Burns & David McMahon & Ken Burns ; produced by David McMahon, Sarah Burns, Ken Burns ; produced in association with WETA, Washington, DC.  Arlington, Va.] : PBS : Distributed by PBS Distribution, ©2013. DVD videodisc (120 min.) : sd., color ; 4 3/4 in.   MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6568.N5 C457 2013 VideoDVD : In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and later convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park. The Central Park Five tells the story of that horrific crime, the rush to judgment by the police, a media clamoring for sensational stories and an outraged public, and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice

Coca Mama: The War on Drugs / A film by Jan Thielen. 2001.  53:10 minutes.   Streaming video from Filmakers Library. : Is the "war on drugs" effective? Or is it a colossal waste of money and manpower? Filmed over a year in four countries, this powerful documentary brings us coca-growing peasants, anti-narcotic patrols, and American lawmakers. The filmmakers gained unique access to the Colombian rebels who stand accused of protecting the drug trade....Millions of U.S. tax dollars are being spent to eradicate drug production in South America, but there is little evidence that this money will diminish supply. Coca Mama shows the disastrous effects of the policy on the coca farmers in Bolivia and Colombia, who are paid by the drug cartels to grow the coca and then attacked by drug patrols using fumigation planes. They spray the coca farms with poison, inadvertently killing all the other crops, fish, plants – and sickening the children....In America, there is no evidence that the "war" has diminished the supply of drugs here. Increasingly, young Americans are becoming addicted to drugs, mostly to cocaine. Because the U.S. government refuses to give sufficient funds for therapy programs for addicts desiring treatment, our prisons are filled with young dealers and addicts. A staggering bureaucratic labyrinth in Washington – fifty law enforcement agencies exist to control drug traffic without success. Kevin B. Zeese of Common Sense for Drug Policy says "Law enforcement is actually counterproductive… it creates new drugs, new drug markets, new drug trafficking routes and more violence … they’ve made the problem worse."

Columbine  : understanding why / producer, Julianne Hill ; produced by Kurtis Productions, Ltd. for A & E Network.   [United States] : A & E Home Video : Distributed by New Video Group, 2007, c2002.    1 DVD  videodisc (ca. 50 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West,  LB3013.33.C6 C65 2007 VideoDVD :A look at the work of the Threat Assessment Group as it seeks to understand why Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold went on a murder spree at Columbine High School in 1999. Acclaimed forensic psychiatrist Dr. Park Dietz leads the TAG as it focuses on the questions: Were there warning signs? And what can we learn from Harris and Klebold to prevent another such tragedy?

Concrete, Steel, and Paint : A Film About Crime, Restoration, and Healing / A film by Sandy Burstein and Tony Heriza.  New York, N.Y. : Distributed by New Day Films, c2009.  1 DVD videodisc (55 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, KF1328 .C652 2009 VideoDVD : When men in a Pennsylvania state prison join with victims of crime to create a mural about healing, their views on punishment, remorse, and forgiveness collide. Finding consensus is not easy – but as the participants move through the creative process, mistrust gives way to surprising moments of human contact and common purpose.  This complex story raises important questions about crime, justice and reconciliation–and dramatically illustrates how art can facilitate dialogue about difficult issues.  Trailer.

The Confessions / . produced by WGBH Educational Foundation, in Frontline (Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 2010).  Streaming video from the PBS Video Collection, 1:24:44 mins : Why would four innocent men confess to a brutal crime they didn't commit? Frontline producer Ofra Bikel (Innocence Lost, An Ordinary Crime) investigates the conviction of four Navy sailors for the rape and murder of a Norfolk, Virginia, woman in 1997. In interviews with the sailors, Bikel learns of some of the high-pressure police interrogation techniques, including the threat of the death penalty, sleep deprivation, and intimidation, that led each of the "Norfolk Four" to confess, despite any evidence linking them to the crime. All four sailors are now out of prison--one served his sentence and the other three were granted conditional pardons last summer--but the men were not exonerated as felons or sex offenders. The case raises disturbing questions about the actions of the police and prosecutors, who relied on the sailors' often contradictory confessions for their convictions, and disregarded DNA evidence that pointed to a lone assailant who would later confess to the crime himself while serving prison time for another rape.

The Constitution, That Delicate Balance : pt. 5. Crime and insanity   / Media and Society Seminars of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in assoc. with WNET/New York and WTTW/Chicago.  New York : Media and Society Seminars, c1984. 1 VHS videocassette (60 minutes) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, KF4550 .C667 1984 Videocassette pt. 5 : Presents a hypothetical political assassination as the vehicle for exploring the insanity defense and the controversy surrounding psychiatric testimony in the courtroom. U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Irving Kaufman, Hastings Center President Willard Gaylin, and others discuss the use of psychiatry in law.

The Constitution, That Delicate Balance : pt. 6. Crime and punishments  / Media and Society Seminars of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in assoc. with WNET/New York and WTTW/Chicago. New York : Media and Society Seminars, c1984. 1 VHS videocasette (60 minutes) sd., col. ; 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, KF4550 .C667 1984 Videocassette pt. 6 : Addresses the conflicts that exist between constitutional guarantees against cruel and unusual punishment and the realities of the American penal system. Panel of legislators, government officials, jurists, penal officers, media representatives, and others discuss such issues as prison overcrowding, the purpose of punishment, the death penalty, and the role of the media. Panalists include: U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Arthur Alarcon, Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Norman Carlson.

Cop Killers  / A&E Television Networks. New York, N.Y. : A & E Home Video : Distributed in the U.S. by New Video Group, 2002, c1995. 1 DVD Videodisc (50 minutes) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV8079.H6 C67 2002 VideoDVD : More police officers are killed in the line of duty today than ever before. Is it desperation of anger that leads criminals to commit the most serious of all crimes?  Part of the American Justice series. Subject headings include : [Murder -- Investigation.] [Homicide investigation.] [Documentary television programs.]

Correction / produced and directed by Michael Mulcahy ; produced in association with the Independent Television Service and KUAT.  [S.l.] : Michael Mucahy, c2009, 2004.  1 DVD videodisc (67 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV9475.A7 C67 2009 VideoDVD : Correction juxtaposes the “philosophy” of incarceration with the daily reality of life in prison to tell a story about power, justice and the American prison system. Following four recruits through the Arizona Department of Corrections’ seven-week training academy and then over their first nine months with the state prison system, the documentary reveals a complex set of relations between correctional officer and inmate, one in which even the delivery of a food tray becomes a contest of power and control. It is a system that, in the words of one of the officers featured, “breaks everyone down,’ officer and inmate alike. Although set in Arizona, this documentary focuses on issues that reverberate across the entire country – rising incarceration rates and dwindling state budgets set against the daily tensions of life in prison.

Crime after crime  / a Life Sentence Films LLC production ; produced and directed by Yoav Potash.  Sausalito, CA : Ro*co Films Educational, c2011.  1 videorecording (93, 58 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  HV8738 .C75 2011 VideoDVD   Also available as part of Rovi Movie Collection  : Crime After Crime tells the dramatic story of the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, an African-American woman imprisoned for over a quarter century due to her connection to the murder of the man who abused her. Two rookie attorneys step forward to take her case and through their perseverance, they bring to light long-lost witnesses, new testimonies from the men who committed the murder, and proof of perjured evidence. Their investigation ultimately attracts global attention to victims of wrongful incarceration and abuse, and takes on profound urgency when Debbie is diagnosed with cancer. Filmmaker Yoav Potash methodically documented this story as it unfolded with exclusive access to Debbie Peagler and her attorneys, allowing his film to tell an unforgettable story of a relentless quest for justice.

Crime and Punishment in America  / KCET/Los Angeles, Quest Productions/San Francisco.  [Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Video, c1997 1 VHS videocassette (120 min., color MSU Law Library Reserve VIDEO C : Brings historical perspective to the problems of escalating crime and the public's fear of it, by exploring the evolution of crime and criminal penalties in  American society. [Criminal justice, Administration of -- United States] [Crime -- United States]

A Crime of Insanity / produced by David Murdock, fl. 2006, Miri Navasky, fl. 2006 and Karen O'Connor, fl. 2004, in Frontline (Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 2006).  Streaming video from the PBS Video Collection. 55:19 mins : In 1994, Ralph Tortorici, a 26-year-old New York psychology student, took a college class hostage. A paranoid schizophrenic convinced the government had planted tracking devices in his body, he was charged with assault, kidnapping, and attempted murder. His mental illness was apparent, but not how the courts should deal with him. Frontline examines the controversial case in interviews with his family, defense attorney, prosecutor, and judge.

Crime, Violence, & TV News / ABC News Nightline. [Orland Park, Ill.] : MPI Home Video, [1994?]   1 VHS videocassette (83 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, PN4888.T4 V53 1994 Videocassette : Examines the depiction of crime and violence on television news.

Crime wave  : 18 months of mayhem / produced by Jupiter Entertainment for History ; producers, Brian O'Connor, Patrick Leigh Bell ; writers, Matt Edens, Geoffrey Proud..  [New York?] : History : Distributed in the U.S. by New Video, c2009.  1 DVD videodisc (91 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6783 .C8794 2009 VideoDVD : As some of the country s most notorious criminals, they were responsible for an historic crime spree that included hundreds of bank robberies, kidnappings, and murders. Though the havoc they wreaked across America lasted just 18 months, it resulted in the rise of the FBI and the nation s first war on crime....Meet the outlaws who defined this golden age of crime, from John Dillinger and Machine Gun Kelly to Ma Barker, Bonnie and Clyde, and Pretty Boy Floyd, as HISTORYTM details the crime wave of 1933-34. At the height of the Great Depression, police jurisdictions ended at state lines, the FBI barely existed, and many of the thirteen million Americans out of work blamed their troubles on the banks, setting up an opportune time for criminals to rob, steal, and kill. And with technological advances like the Tommy Gun, electric-start V-8 engines, and bulletproof vests, the robbers often had the advantage over the cops....Attention-grabbing and action-packed, CRIME WAVE: 18 MONTHS OF MAYHEM mixes archival footage with evocative reenactments to help capture the hectic pace of the heists, stick-ups, and high-speed chases that turned these charismatic thieves and murderers into legendary characters, as well as the bloody sprees and shoot-outs that resulted in their deaths.

Crips and Bloods : Made in America (2008) / produced by Baron Davis ... [et al.] ; written by Stacy Peralta, Sam George ; directed by Stacy Peralta.  New York, NY : Docurama, 2009.  1 DVD videodisc (99 min.) : sd., col., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6439.U7 C75 2009 VideoDVD : Rival L.A. gangs the Crips and Bloods have permeated deep into American pop culture including film, television, and music epitomizing wanton violence and hopelessness. Regardless of how gritty gang life is portrayed in entertainment, nothing can compare to the disturbing and frightening reality of life in South Central Los Angeles. Stacy Peralta's (Dogtown and Z-Boys, Riding Giants) chilling documentary Crips and Bloods: Made in America is a peek into their world, setting out to uncover why the rivalry was created and continues. It begins with a history lesson of the area and how racism, segregation, constant police monitoring, unemployment, broken homes, and civil unrest (e.g., the Watts riots) sowed the seeds of animosity, tension, and violence. The younger generation in the 1970s gravitated towards gang life seeking acceptance, identity, community, and protection. But as the gangs grew larger they became more territorial. Guns were eventually introduced, then drugs, leading to the 30-year war that has claimed the lives of over 15,000 people, just miles away from Beverly Hills. Combining archival footage and loads of candid interviews from existing and former members, Crips and Bloods is a gripping and honest telling of a horrible situation. --Rob Bracco   Narrator : Forrest Whitaker.

Cruel and Unusual?  / CBS News Productions ; CBS, Inc. ; producer, Robert Higgins. Princeton, N.J. : Films for the Humanities & Sciences ; c2000. 1 VHS videocassette (45 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. MSU Law Library Reserve VIDEO C : The new tougher sentencing laws of such states as California and Michigan are examined. Also discussed are parental responsibility laws and the use of reverse theft as punishment. Subject headings include : [Criminal justice, Administration of -- United States.] [Sentences (Criminal procedure) -- United States.] [Documentary television programs.]


 Note: Many of the crime files also have accompaning print guides which are available in government documents.


Selected Documentaries, D

Damage Done : The Drug War Odyssey / imX Communications in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada ; written and directed by Connie Littlefield ; producers, Ann Bernier, Kent Martin ; produced in association with Global Television.  1 DVD videodisc (55 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.    MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West,  HV5801 .D245 2006 VideoDVD : After 30 years of drug war, illegal narcotics are decreasing in price, increasing in purity and demand continues to surge. The heroes of this film are veterans of the drug war and they urge us to consider ending drug prohibition. They have had a complete revolution in their thinking. Now they are working to end the War on Drugs. Find out what happened to change their minds.

Dating Rites: Gang Rape on Campus.  Produced by Alison Stone, Stonescape Productions.  1993.  30 minutes.  Streaming video from Filmakers Library : This documentary on gang rape and acquaintance rape is a compelling view of what is happening on college campuses. According to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, up to 80% of all rapes are acquaintance rapes, yet victims of rapes by strangers are ten times more likely to report their attack to police....Dating Rites includes an interview with gang-rape survivor Meg Davis, who tells how the attack still affects her life, even eight years later. We also hear from a convicted rapist, who gives compelling and disturbing insights into the psyche of the perpetrator....Included in the program is an eight minute re-enactment illustrating how a gang rape develops. The viewer will see, through the perspective of both men and women, how a party can turn into a tragedy....The documentary also calls upon professionals: rape crisis counselors, psychologists, and sociologists. Dr. Peter Germano, who runs a sexual treatment group at the state correctional institute, declares: "the college student who commits rape on campus, if not caught, will more than likely continue this behavior and rape again and again."

Deadly Force (Crime File)  Rockville, MD : National Institute of Justice, [1985?] 1 VHS videocassette (28min.)VHS, color.   MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV8141 .D433 1985 Videocassette  : Discusses the situations in which an officer may have to use his weapon.

Death Penalty  / Kurtis Productions, Ltd. and Towers Productions, Inc. ; produced by Nugus/Martin Productions Ltd. in association with Arts & Entertainment Networks ; writer, Ronnie Hess. [New York, NY] : A & E Home Video : Distributed in the U.S. by New Video Group, 2002, c1994. 1 DVD videodisc (ca. 50 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV8699.U6 D42 2002 VideoDVD
Examines the arguments for and against capital punishment. Presents the case of Caryl Chessman, a rapist, kidnapper, and jailhouse lawyer who appealed his sentence for twelve years. Follows with a discussion of other capital cases, and the constitutional fight over the death penalty.  Part of the American Justice series.

Death Penalty (Crime File)  Rockville, MD : National Institute of Justice, [1985?] 1 VHS videocassette (28min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV8694 .D437 1985 Videocassette : Discussion of the death penalty.

Death Row Kids    Also called Juveniles and the Death Penalty.  Princeton, N.J. : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, ?. 1 DVD videodisc (27 minutes, color)  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, KF9227.C2 J88 2003 VideoDVD : "They think we’re beasts." So says a condemned murderer, succinctly expressing the view of many Americans. But this killer committed his crime when he was 17, and asks for compassion on those grounds. Filmed prior to the March 1, 2005 U.S. Supreme Court ruling barring execution for underage offenses, Death Row Kids tells the stories of confused and frightened young people awaiting the ultimate penalty. The program also alludes to medical findings that a 17-year-old’s brain lacks fully developed decision-making capabilities. The result is a provocative inquiry into complex issues of personal responsibility and the likelihood of criminal rehabilitation.

Demon Rum  / with David McCullough ; presented by WGBH/Boston, WNET/New York and KCET/Los Angeles.  [United States?] : Thomas Lennon Productions, 1989 ; [Alexandria, VA : PBS Video [distributor], 1990?]  1 VHS videocassette (58 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV5090.M5 D45 1990 Videocassette : Discusses life under prohibition from 1920 to 1933 in Detroit, Michigan. Covers various effects of prohibition on the society and the rise of gangs. Explores Detroit's auto industry and the influence it had on the society.   Part of the American Experiences series.

Do Not Resist (2016).  A film by Craig Atkinson.  DVD, 72 minutes.   On order : Starting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, Do Not Resist - the directorial debut of Detropia cinematographer Craig Atkinson - offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into the future. The Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Documentary puts viewers in the center of the action - from a ride-along with a South Carolina SWAT team and inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of "righteous violence" to the floor of a congressional hearing on the proliferation of military equipment in small-town police departments - before exploring where controversial new technologies including predictive policing algorithms could lead the field next.  Trailer available via Vimeo.    What the film exposes:

  • How police officers across America have been armed like the military.
  • The Pentagon transfer of armored vehicles to small community police forces.
  • Extraordinary access to multiple search warrant raids as they’re happening.
  • Exposes how local police forces behave on a live drug raid.
  • Testimony by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense at a Senate hearing on police use of military equipment.
  • Police training seminars with the number one trainer of all US military and law enforcement.
  • The top down messaging from the federal government to local law enforcement leaders.
  • Adaptation of surveillance technology once reserved for the highest levels of government being used within local police departments.
  • Predictive policing tools reminiscent of Minority Report being introduced into policing. 

Doing Time  : Life Inside the Big House  / a film by Alan & Susan Raymond / New York : New Video Group, 2006.  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV9474.L3 D6564 2006 VideoDVD  : Takes a hard-edged look at life inside the walls of Lewisburg, a maximum security federal penitentiary where the notion of rehabilitation and parole have all but been abandoned.After gaining unprecedented permission from the Justice Department, Emmy® Award-winner Alan Raymond spent five weeks inside Lewisburg. With access to the entire prison, the Raymonds captured the stories of corrections officers as well as the inmates, including drug lords, "lifers" with no possibility of parole, and prisoners convicted of leading prison riots. Detailing a world where prisoners carry "shanks" and officers respond to violence in full riot gear, this candid documentary reveals what life inside "the big house" is really like. A rare, unprecedented look at the prison subculture, Doing Time : Life Inside the Big House will challenge the way you look at incarceration in America.

Domestic Violence (Crime File)  Rockville, MD : National Institute of Justice, [1985?] 1 VHS videocassette (28min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HQ809.3.U5 D664 1985 Videocassette : Examines the danger to police officers that stem from investigating common domestic arguments.

Dragons of Crime   New York : A & E Home Video, c1994. 1 VHS videocassette (46 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV8079.O25 D73 1994 Videocassette : Explores mainland China gangs that are cashing in on a new capitalism, spreading smuggling, extortion, and other crimes from China to New York, Toronto, and around the world.

A Dream in Doubt  / directed and produced by Tami R. Yeager ; produced by TRY Productions.  San Francisco, CA : Independent Television Service ; distributed by Center for Asian American Media, c2007.  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 57 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, E184.S55 D74 2007 VideoDVD :  An immigrant story of survival as a wave of deadly hate crimes terrorizes the Sikh American community in Phoenix, Arizona. The film features Rana Sodhi, an Indian immigrant whose life is forever altered by the 9/11 terror attacks, not because he knew someone who died in the rubble, but because Rana’s turban and beard—articles of his Sikh faith—now symbolize America’s new enemy....A Dream in Doubt follows Rana Singh Sodhi, Balbir’s brother, as he attempts to fight the hate threatening his family and community. The Sodhis had fled ethnic violence in India to pursue their version of the American dream. But less than a year after Balbir’s murder, Sukhpal Sodhi, Rana’s next-eldest brother, is killed in mysterious circumstances while driving a cab in San Francisco. Nine months later, Rana’s friend Avtar Chiera is shot by three men who yell, “Go back to where you came from!” Three weeks after Avtar’s shooting, another friend, Inderjit Singh, is physically assaulted and threatened with death while working at a convenience store. These incidents receive little to no coverage in the U.S. media, and a national dialogue concerning post-9/11 hate crimes and ethnic profiling is sorely missing. Wanting justice for his brothers’ murders, Rana is motivated towards social action. He demands that America live up to its ideals of equality....A Dream in Doubt explores the complexities of race, religion, immigration, and the American Dream. In the end, the film demonstrates that hope and courage have the power to overcome hate.

Drinking and crime (Crime File)  Rockville, MD : National Institute of Justice, [1985?] 1 VHS videocassette (28min.) sd., col.; 3/4in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV5053 .D756 1985 Videocassette : Discusses the correlation between alcohol consumption and crime.

Drug Education (Crime File)  Produced by the Police Foundation ; producer, Christopher Koch ; director, W.P. Fowler. Rockville, Md. : National Institute of Justice, 1986. 1 VHS videocassette (29 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in. VHS  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV5824.Y68 D77 1986 Videocassette : Discusses characteristics of effective drug education programs in the schools. Centers on Project DARE in Los Angeles and SPECDA in New York City. Subject headings include : [Drug abuse -- Study and teaching -- United States]

Drug Mules.  Produced by Oz Films.  1995.  30 minuts.  Streaming video from Filmakers Library : There are many women languish in jail for carrying drugs into the United States. While some of these women voluntarily trafficked in drugs, others were inadvertent carriers. Drug Mules exposes the plight of this latter group: poor, uneducated women who are victimized by both the drug dealers and the criminal justice system....In a typical situation, drugs are planted in the belongings of women without their knowledge. Other times women are coerced by threats of violence to themselves or their families. If apprehended by U.S. Customs, they are particularly vulnerable because they do not speak English well. Unable to raise bail, they may spend months in jail awaiting trial....These women face impossible choices. They can defend their innocence at trial and risk fifteen years to life imprisonment due to mandatory sentencing as specified by the Rockefeller Law. Or they can plead guilty to a crime they have not committed in exchange for significantly reduced sentences. Drug Mules shows that the law must be changed to distinguish between hardened druglords and the naive women they exploit.

Drug Testing (Crime File)  Produced by the Police Foundation ; producer, Christopher Koch ; director W.P. Fowler. Rockville, Md. : National Institute of Justice, 1986. 1 VHS videocassette (29 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV5823.5.U5 D784 1986 Videocassette :
Discusses drug testing as a means of determining which prisoners should be released while awaiting trial. ]

Drug Traffic (Crime File)  Produced by the Police Foundation ; producer, Christopher Koch ; director, W.P. Fowler. Rockville, Md. : National Institute of Justice, 1986. 1 VHS videocassette (29 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV5801 .D68 1986 Videocassette ;
Discusses strategies used by the government and local law enforcement agencies to control drug trafficking. Focuses on Operation Pressure Point on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Dying for Meth   Matt Farnsworth and Diane Foster. [Los Angeles, CA] : Full Fathom 5, c2006. 1 DVD videodisc (44 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV5822.M38 D95 2006 VideoDVD : There are 11.7 million Americans addicted to methamphetamine, yet very few Americans really understand what meth is, why people use it, what it does to those who use it and what effect it has on families and the communities in which they live.


 Note: Many of the crime files also have accompaning print guides which are available in government documents.


Selected Documentaries, E-F

Eastern State  : Living Behind the Walls (2008) / written and directed by Toni Alosi ; executive producers Karen Reed & Toni Alosi.  [Long Beach, CA] : Dark Hollow Films, c2008.  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 77 min.) : sd., b&w with col. ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV9475.P3 E1953 2006 VideoDVD : "It took a group of well-known and powerful politicians including Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Dr. Benjamin Rush more than thirty years to convince the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to build what would become the foundation for our current American penal system. What was at the time a new form of prisoner discipline and rehabilitation is now known as solitary confinement. [This documentary] is a chilling exploration of one of America's most notorious prisons. It opened its doors in 1829 and operated for 142 years, closing in 1972. This film explores how the revolutionary experiment of solitary confinement was nothing more than psychological torture, and how the desire to rehabilitate criminals gave way to financial realities not unlike those facing our modern day prison system. Al Capone served time there in the 20's. Willie Sutton and ten other men tunneled their way out in 1942. In-depth interviews with some of the last people to live and work at Eastern State Penitentiary explore how the conflicting goals of punishment and rehabilitation made life at Eastern State unlike any other prison experience".

Enough is Enough : The Death of Jonny Gammage.  Produced and directed by Billy Jackson, Written by Lou Potter , Narrated by Danny Glover.  2007.  54 minutes.  Streaming video from Filmakers Library : This film, ten years in the making, investigates the death of Jonny Gammage at the hands of Brentwood (Pittsburgh) police officers. It develops into an impassioned plea for ending police brutality....On October 12,1995 Jonny Gammage, a 31-year-old African-American businessman and philanthropist, was pulled over by five white police officers for no apparent reason. During the ensuing struggle, to which the only witnesses were the police themselves and two civilians. Gammage was asphyxiated. There was shock and revulsion in the community, and thousands, both black and white, took to the streets to protest. Gammage was a cousin of Ray Seals, a Pittsburgh Steeler, so news of his death spread nationwide and he became an icon of victims of police brutality....Yet despite the marches and rallies in Gammage's behalf, and three criminal trials, the police were never punished. The officers provided the only non-discredited testimony in court proceedings. Two trials ended in mistrials with the police claiming they were following training guidelines for “use-of-force” against individuals resisting arrest. The officer most implicated in the death was exonerated and later even promoted. Eventually a civil jury awarded the family $1.5 million for the wrongful death....The tragedy of Gammage's killing galvanized voters in Pittsburgh to pass a ballot referendum to establish a long overdue citizen police review board and the U.S. Justice Department to place police under the scrutiny of a federal consent decree. Unfortunately such efforts in cities around the country to hold police accountable are often blocked by political interests. And, as the film points out, Gammage is just one of a long line of victims that continues to grow longer to this day....Enough is ENOUGH! examines the criminal justice system and the procedural relationships among the law enforcement officers, the Coroner's office, the District Attorneys, and the courts. Interwoven with the story line are interviews with prominent lawyers, politicians and activists such as Prof. Charles Ogletree of Harvard, Louis Farrakhan, Johnnie Cochran, Al Sharpton and many others

Every Mother's Son (2004) / produced by AndersonGold Films, Inc. ; produced in association with the Independent Television Service (ITVS) ; produced & directed by Kelly Anderson, Tami Gold.  New York : AndersonGold Films : New Day Films, c2004. 1 DVD videodisc (53 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV8141 .E94 2004 VideoDVD : Iris Baez, a Puerto Rican from the Bronx, never meant to become an activist. Kadiatou Diallo never meant to leave her home in Africa and move to the U.S., to fight for justice for her son. Doris Busch Boskey, a Jewish woman from the suburbs, never thought she'd be become a spokesperson against police brutality. This film profiles three women from very different walks of life who find themselves united to seek justice after their sons are unjustly killed by police. Anthony Baez died during a football game when an officer put him in an illegal chokehold. Amadou Diallo was unarmed when he was shot at 41 times by police in his doorway. Gary (Gidone) Busch was pepper-sprayed and shot to death while holding a small hammer, though witnesses said he posed no threat. Their stories are tragic and the courage shown by the mothers heroic. As one witness says, "As long a there's a mother, we'll continue to fight."  Official websiteStudy guide.

Exclusionary Rule (Crime File)  Produced by the Police Foundation ; producer, Susan Udelson ; director, Joseph Camp. Rockville, Md. : National Institute of Justice, [1985?] 1 VHS videocassette (28 min., 30 sec.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, KF9625 .E92 1985 Videocassette  : Discussion and interpretation of the exclusionary rule.

Executed in Error, see Secrets of the Dead.

The execution of Wanda Jean / directed by Liz Garbus ; produced by Liz Garbus and Rory Kennedy.  New York, NY : Docurama, 2005.  1 DVD  videodisc (88 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in  Available via MelCat or Interlibrary Loan.  : Explores the life and death of Wanda Jean Allen the first African American woman to be put to death by lethal injection for murder

The Execution ProtocolProduced by Stephen Trombley (Part of Eye of Justice series).  1992.  58 minutes.  Streaming video from the Filmakers Library : Shot inside a state-of-the art maximum security prison in southeastern Missouri, the film delves into a world never before seen on film. All of Potosi Correctional Center's inmates face either death or are incarcerated for life without parole. No one leaves the prison, except in a hearse....
Missouri has chosen lethal injection as the means of carrying out executions. In Potosi, executions are conducted in the prison hospital, using a lethal injection machine. The protocol is devised so that the burden of responsibility spreads across a number of individuals.The executioners speak openly about their role and the condemned men reflect on their lives. We see precisely what happens when the state takes a life.

Exploring Alternatives To Prison and ProbationProduced by Jeffrey Tuchman for The Public Agenda Foundation.  1992.  22 minutes.  Streaming video from the Filmakers Library : When judges pass sentence on convicted criminals, they generally have only two available options: put the offender into prison or put him back on the street with a term of probation. And while, in some cases, these options are sufficient, problems like prison overcrowding, "revolving door" justice, and the high incidence of repeat offenses have caused many people to feel that prison and probation just aren't sufficient tools to do the job. The question is: what would be?  This film attempts to answer that question by looking at a range of innovative solutions being tried around the country. We visit five alternative sentencing programs including one in which offenders must perform community service, one which has criminals paying restitution to their victims, and a house arrest program where offenders are monitored by electronic surveillance. We see the risks and costs that each would involve and some of the arguments for and against them.

Families and Crime (Crime File) Produced by the Police Foundation ; producer, Christopher Koch ; director W.P. Fowler. Rockville, Md. : National Institute of Justice, 1986. 1 VHS videocassette (29 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV9104 .F37 1986 Videocassette : Discusses various methods of helping troubled children and their families in order to prevent the possibility of a life of crime for these children.

The Farm : 10 Down / Jonathan Stack and Nancy Novack.  [United States?] : Highest Common Denominator Media Group, 2009.  1 DVD videodisc (90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV8338 .F373 2009 VideoDVD : One decade after The Farm : Life Inside Angola Prison, we go back inside Louisiana's maximum security penitentiary, to catch up with our characters' lives. While the theme of The Farm was "to err is human, to forgive divine", we now delve more deeply and find hope for "reconciliation and release". Angola is America's oldest and largest prison, with 5,000 inmates, most of whom have received life -, or death-, sentences for violent crimes, and will never leave Angola.

The Farm : Life Inside Angola Prison / Jonathan Stack, Liz Garbus ; produced by Gabriel Films for A&E Network. [S.l.] : A&E Home Video ; [New York, NY : distributed in the U.S. by New Video Group], c1998. 1 VHS videocassette (ca. 100 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV8338 .F37 1998 Videocassette : Documentary film which follows the lives of 6 men imprisoned in Angola, Louisiana State Penitentiary.

FBI / CIA Films  : Declassified / from the U.S. National Archives.  Renton, Wash. : Topics Entertainment, 2010.  17 DVD videodiscs in 4 v. (1585 min.) : sd., b&w, col. ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, JK468.I6 F35 2010 VideoDVD : v. 1. Espionage (3 discs) ; Spy craft (2 discs) -- v. 2. Survival (2 discs) ; Special Ops (2 discs) -- v. 3. Crime-busting (3 discs) ; Investigation (2 discs) -- v. 4. OSS/WWII undercover (3 discs).

The FBI's War on Black America  : A Documentary / Maljack Productions.  [Orland Park, IL] : Maljack Productions, 2009. 1 DVD-R videodisc (ca. 50 min.) : sd., col., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV8144.F43 F35 2009 VideoDVD : A look at the FBI's Cointelpro (Counter Intelligence Program) operations. Contains rare footage of the influential black leaders of the times, such as: Geronimo Jijaga Pratt, Fred Hampton, Stokley Charmichael, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Adam Clayton Powell, g Huey P. Newton, Eldridge Cleaver, and Kathleen Cleaver.

Five Points Gangs   Tim Evans. New York : History Channel : A & E Television Networks : New Video Group [distributor], c1997. 1 DVD videodisc (50 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6452.N7 F58 1997 VideoDVD : A segment in the television series, In Search of History.  Examines the Five Points area of Manhattan, NY, which in the 1840's became the birthplace of American gang activity. Looks at the rise of organized crime from its humble beginnings with the Irish, Jewish and Italian immigrants. Important personalities that are covered include "Big Tim" Sullivan, Paul Kelly, "Monk" Eastman, "Dopey Benny" Fein, Frankie Yale, and Al Capone.

Flyin' Cut Sleeves   Cinema Guild, c1993. 1 VHS videocassette (60 min.).  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6439.U7 N46 1993 Videocassette : Examines the history of street gangs in New York City, contrasting video interviews with Bronx gang members made twenty years ago with contemporary interviews.

Foot Patrol (Crime File)  Rockville, MD : National Institute of Justice, [1985?] 1 VHS videocassette (28min.), color  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV8141 .F667 1985 Videocassette : Discussion of techniques, responsibilities, and special hazards of officers on foot.

The Forbidden Plant: Hemp.   Produced by Danish Radio.  1999.  56 minutes.  Streaming video from Filmakers Library : For thousands of years hemp has been known and used globally. The fibers have been made into clothes, paper and rope. The seeds have been used for food and oil. The buds and resin have been used as both a medicine and a drug by the names of hash, marijuana, and cannabis....Since 1937, a war has been waged against the plant because of its drug properties. It was spearheaded by Harry Anslinger, who had been in charge of enforcing prohibition against alcohol. Later, as co-chair of the UN s Narcotic Control Commission, he was influential in banning cannabis worldwide. In recent years, voices against this prohibition have been raised. Professor Lester Grinspoon in the latest edition of his book, The Forbidden Medicine, lists 35 maladies and symptoms on which marijuana has a beneficial effect. We also hear from patients who have used marijuana successfully for glaucoma. Professor Lynn Zimmer's research contradicts the myth that marijuana can cause brain damage....One former hardline judge in Germany concluded after twelve years of experience in the courts, that regulation of marijuana was more effective than prohibition. Yet in America, the prohibition continues. Federal authorities vigorously search for crops, even in California where the electorate had voted to legalize its medicinal use.

Frame Up  : the Imprisonment of Martin Sostre / Pacific Street Film Collective, Steven Fischler, Joel Sucher, Howard Blatt.  [Brooklyn, N.Y.] Pacific Street Film and Editing Company ; New York : Cinema Guild [distributor], 1974.  1 VHS videocassette (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6248.S6138 F72 1974 Videocassette : Martin Sostre imprisoned in Attica State Prisonfor drug and assault charges in Buffalo, N. Y. claims he was framed, while some speak in his behalf, some against him, and he appeals for a new trial based on new evidence presented by Arto Williams, a former witness, an appeal which is denied.

Framingham 8 : The Women Who Fought Back   ABC News ; produced by Pauline Canny ; executive producer, Phyllis McGrady ; director, Roger Goodman. Princeton, N.J. : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, c1994. 1 VHS videocassette (44 min.) ; sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6250.4.W65 F73 1994 Videocassette : Explores the problem of domestic violence through the stories of the "Framingham Eight," women who were imprisoned in Framingham, Mass. for killing an abusive spouse or partner. Several have won their freedom by claiming Battered Woman Syndrome as a defense.

The Frank Matthews Story  : the life and disappearance of America's biggest kingpin / written, directed, and produced by Alan "Al Profit" Bradley & Ron Chepesiuk.  [Detroit, Mich.] : Studio August/Strategic Media Books/Hellenic Empire, c2012.   1 DVD videodisc (ca. 87 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.   MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West,  HV5805.M38 F74 2012 VideoDVD : Richer than Frank Lucas. More powerful than the Mafia. He was the biggest drug dealer in America. In 1973 he jumped bail and disappeared with 15 million dollars. He has never been seen again. Nearly four decades later, the fate of Frank Matthews remains a complete mystery. It s as if Matthews dropped off the face of the earth, explained Mike Pizzi, a retired U.S. Marshal who was involved with the hunt for Matthews, the fugitive, for several years. The one hour and 23 minute documentary features rare archival footage, interviews with numerous sources who previously haven t talked on camera about Frank Matthews and never before seen photos of Matthews. The documentary explores several intriguing questions: how was Matthews been able to operate for several years without being detected? What was his relationship with La Cosa Nostra? Why did the CIA get involved in the Matthews investigation? Why has the mystery of his disappearance been so difficult to solve? Born in 1944 in Durham, North Carolina, Matthews left his hometown when he was a teenager, going first to Philadelphia and then to New York City. By the early 1970 s, Frank Matthews had become America's biggest drug kingpin. His organization, headquartered in Brooklyn, stretched across more than 20 states, and he became the only Black gangster to establish direct ties to the French Connection heroin pipeline. To quote a federal prosecutor assigned to the Matthews case, Matthews was a pioneering giant of drug distribution." Matthews organization eventually outgrew even the Italian Mafia, and when he built himself a mansion in Staten Island's most exclusive neighborhood (and across the street from mobsters Paul Castellano and Three Finger Brown), he found himself on the verge of a war with La Cosa Nostra. Matthews also battled militant Black Muslims for control in the streets of New Jersey and Philadelphia as he built his empire. The $15 to 20 million dollars he disappeared with is roughly equivalent to $100 million in today's cash. What happened to Frank Matthews? That s the most intriguing questionin organized crime history, said Chepesiuk, who has spent five years researching the Frank Matthews story. Despite one of the largest manhunts in US history, there is no proof as to whether he is alive or dead.

From Victim to Survivor.  Produced by Boulder County Rape Crisis Team.  1989.  29 minutes.  Streaming video from Filmakers Library : Surviving a sexual assault involves not only physical survival but the slow restoration of emotional and spiritual wellness. This film focuses on three survivors, two women and a man, who poignantly and openly share their experience and its aftermath. Julia was assaulted in her home by a stranger; Carol was assaulted by a family member when she was ten; and Randy, an ex-Marine, was raped in a public restroom....The purpose of From Victim to Survivor is to educate the public on this sensitive subject. Most importantly, it encourages present and future victims of sexual assault to come forward and receive the help and support they desperately need.


 Note: Many of the crime files also have accompaning print guides which are available in government documents.


Selected Documentaries, G

Gang Tapes (available via NetFlix Streaming Video).  A 13-year-old boy carjacks a family lost in Watts and steals their video camera, which he then uses to capture the gritty, bloody, day-to-day realities of his life and his initiation into the gang he joins. Los Angeles police detectives come upon a cache of these tapes on one of their busts and look to them for leads concerning the gang members and their criminal activities.  Access to film requires NetFlix subscription.

Gangland: The Complete Season One / Gangland Productions. [New York] : A&E Television Networks : Distributed by New Video, [2008]   4 DVD videodiscs (ca. 10 hr., 11 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West,  HV6439.U5 G364 2008 VideoDVD Season 1  Discs 1-4 : This series tells the insider story of some of America's most notorious street gangs. We learn how they've shaped their times and affected the neighborhoods that they controlled. From the destruction wrought by the heroin kingpins in Harlem of the 1970's to today's most dangerous gang MS-13, which has spread out from the inner city to infect unexpected turf - suburban communities, gangs have a rich yet deadly history. They usually start out as a form of protection for their members and the community but then, grow predatory as they feed on the very people that they purport to defend. With exclusive interviews and rarely seen footage, this is a raw look at life inside these gangs - from those who live it and the agencies that are working to stop them.  Contents : Disc 1. American gangster ; You rat, you die ; Code of conduct ; Behind enemy lines -- Disc 2. Race wars ; Kings of New York ; Stone to bone -- Disc 3. Hate nation ; Gangster city ; Blood in, blood out -- Disc 4. Basic training ; Blood oath ; Root of all evil.

Gangland. The Complete Season Two  / Gangland Productions.  New York, NY : A & E Home Video ; 2008.  3 DVD videodiscs (564 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6439.U5 G364 2008 VideoDVD Season 2  Discs 1-3 : Continues the History Channel program's focus on the gang phenomenon all over the United States. While the 12 episodes in this box set speak to the cultural and ethnic diversity of gangs in different parts of the country, there are some fascinating common threads. Among them, many gangs begin not as organized criminals but have roots in protecting a vulnerable community. A lot of gangs offer protection to individual members both on the streets and in prisons, testimony to their powerful reach. Finally, some gang members grow up to become repentant community activists, forsaking violence after seeing too much of it....Aside from those sociological observations, episodes of Gangland offer collective portraits of different gangs in different cities. Two shows--"Crip or Die" and "The Blood"--tell the story of the longtime rival gangs Crips and Bloods in Los Angeles and their bloody war in neighborhood streets. Brutal and gruesome, the show tells a number of stories of arrogance and impulsive actions that took the lives of many innocent people. "Maniacal" is the story of the Maniac Latin Disciples out of Chicago, waging a war with rivals for drug turf in the city's Humboldt Park. The Maniacs are among the few gangs talked about in Gangland with a female membership as destructive as the gang's men. "Deadly Triangle" focuses on Asian gangs in America, including Chinese tongs, which began as protectors and enforcers for different industries (a garment industry tong, for example). "Texas Terror" concerns the Texas Syndicate, a very different kind of crime organization comprised of everyone from common street thugs to white-collar lawyers, all involved in the lucrative drug trade.  Contents : Maniacal -- Deadly triangle -- Biker wars -- Texas terror -- Crip or die -- Murder by numbers -- Lords of the holy city -- Mongol nation -- Gangster, inc. -- One blood -- Sin city -- From girl to gangster.

Gangland: The Complete Season Three / Gangland Productions.  New York, NY : A & E Home Video ; 2009. 3 DVD videodiscs (564 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6439.U5 G364 2009 VideoDVD Season 3  Discs 1-3  : They rob, kill, and terrorize, and they ve left their violent mark on American history. Delve deep into the rich and often brutal bloodlines of gangs in America, from La Gran Familia to the Tiny Rascals, Satan s Disciples to the Bandidos, as Season 3 of Gangland goes to the darkest corners of America to infiltrate some of the most dangerous terrain in the world. Exclusive interviews, rarely seen footage, and unique access to the lives of both former and current gang members provide a solid insight into why gangs exist, how they operate, their increasingly destructive methods, and the alarming rate at which they re spreading to suburban and rural areas. Take a raw look at life inside these gangs from those who live it and the agencies that are working to stop them as Gangland reveals the most violent and influential gangs of our time. Other gangs featured in Season 3 include Los Solidos, the Crips and the Zetas.  Contents : Death in Dixie -- California killing fields -- The devil's playground -- Blood in the streets -- From heaven to hell -- Bandido army -- Menace of destruction -- Rage against society -- Die, snitch, die -- To torture or to kill? -- All hell breaks loose.

Gangland: The Complete Season Four / Gangland Productions. New York, NY : A & E Home Video ; 2009.  3 DVD videodiscs (564 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6439.U5 G364 2009 VideoDVD Season 4  Discs 1-3 : They're known for killing and terrorizing, and they've left their violent mark on our nation's history. Delve deep into the rich and often brutal bloodlines of America's gangs, from Memphis and St. Louis to Dallas, Charlotte, and Detroit, as Season four of GANGLAND goes to the darkest corners of the country to infiltrate some of the most dangerous terrain in the world....Unprecedented access to the inner workings of the country's most feared gangs, incisive historical analysis, and interviews with law enforcement specialists paint a violently accurate and compelling portrait of gang life in America, and provide insight into why these gangs exist, how they operate, their increasingly destructive methods, and the alarming rate at which they re spreading to suburban and rural areas.  Contents : Highway to hell -- Devil's fire -- Divide and conquer -- Kill 'em all -- Kill or be killed -- Boys of destruction -- Aryan terror -- Silent slaughter -- Killing snitches -- Everybody killers -- Dead Men Inc. -- Biker wars 2.

Gangland: Complete Season Five / the History Channel. New York, NY : A & E Home Video ; 2010.  3 DVDs videodiscs (517 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6439.U5 G364 2010 VideoDVD Season 5  Discs 1-3 : Examines prominent gangs of the past and present criminal landscape.  Contents : disc 1. Klan of killers ; Machete slaughter ; Blood river ; Hustle or die -- disc 2. Gangsta killers ; The death head ; Circle of death ; Dog fights -- disc 3. Evil breed ; Hunt and kill ; Deadly blast.

Gangland: Complete Season Six / The History Channel. [New York, NY : A&E Television Networks : Distributed by New Video, 2010]  3 DVD videodiscs (517 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6439.U5 G364 2010 VideoDVD Season 6  Discs 1-3 : Delve deep into the rich and often brutal bloodlines of gangs across America, from Atlanta to Oklahoma City, Detroit to San Diego, as Season Six of Gangland paints a violently accurate and compelling portrait of gang life in America. Exclusive interviews, rarely seen footage, and unique access to the lives of gangsters provide a solid insight into why gangs exist, how they operate, their increasingly destructive methods, and the alarming rate at which they're spreading to suburban and rural areas.  Contents - Disc 1: Snitch Slaughter / Trinity of Blood / Street Law / Skinhead Assault; Disc 2: Crazy Killers / Bloody South / Devils Diciples / The Assassins; Disc 3: Beware the Goose! / Sex, Money, Murder / Hell House / Bonus

Gangs, Cops & Drugs   Tom Brokaw, Wayne Ewing, Paul W. Greenberg ; produced by Wayne Ewing, Polly Powell, Mary Alice O'Rourke ; directed by Wayne Ewing, Kyle Good. Northbrook, Ill. : Distributed by MTI Film & Video, 1989. 2 videocassettes (49 min. ea.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. + 2 discussion guides. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6437 .G364 1989 Videocassette (2) : Part one looks at gang warfare and the effects on Los Angeles, California and part two presents a broad view of the violent impact that gang related crime has had on the nation.

The Gangster Chronicles (2007) / Eugene, Or.: Timeless Media Group, [2008], c2006.  2 videodiscs (ca. 2.5 hr. ea.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6439.U5 G3647 2008 VideoDVD : From the earliest days of the mob in New York's Lower East Side to casinos in the desert, American gangsters have captured the imagination of the public with their aura of power and corruption. Al "Scarfare" Capone, Charles "Lucky" Luciano, Dutch Schultz, Bonnie and Clyde, Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, John "The Teflon Don" Gotti - these are just a few of the ruthless people you will meet in The Gangster Chronicles, an insider's look at the life and times of America's 20th Century gangsters. This exciting 2 DVD set explores the underworld characters and events that shaped America's criminal past and law enforcement's struggle to keep the peace.

Generations of Violence.  Produced for KCET-TV.  1989.  55 minutes.  Streaming video from Filmakers Library : This documentary is a compelling portrait of the legacy of family violence that is passed on from one generation to another. We meet both the victims and the perpetrators of violent behavior, and hear their personal experiences. One young boy tells how he was sexually abused by his mother's live-in boyfriend. Another boy tells of his mother who beat him with a belt as hard as she could. A mother reveals how she severly mistreated her son as a youth. She now realizes that her actions contributed to his becoming a criminal. A father describes the compulsion he once had to sexually abuse his three daughters....Professionals who deal with these troubled people, including a detective, a judge and a psychiatrist, share with us their insights. We hear from representatives of self-help organizations such as Parents Anonymous.

Ghosts of Attica  / a Lumiere production ; a Court TV co-production in association with Antidote Films & Crawford Communications ; produced and directed by Brad Lichtenstein. New York, NY : First Run Icarus Films, c2001. 1 DVD videodisc (89 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West,  HV9475.N72 A825 2001 VideoDVD :  The definitive account of America's most violent prison rebellion, its deadly suppression, the days of torture that ensued, and the almost 30 year legal case that followed.  More information

Girl Trouble: Girls Tell Their Truth about the Juvenile Justice System   Harriman, NY : New Day Films, 2004. 1 VHS videocassette (74 minutes, color),
MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV9105.C2 G57 2004 Videocassette  : Documents the personal struggles of three girls enmeshed in San Francisco's juvenile justice system. (shown in CJ425: Women and Criminal Justice)

Girl Trouble : Girls Tell Their Truth about the Juvenile Justice System.  Harriman, NY : New Day Films, 2004.  DVD.  74 minutes.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West,   HV6046.C2 G57 2004 VideoDVD : Stephanie is pregnant and has a warrant for running away from a group home. Shangra is torn between taking care of her mother, who is homeless and struggling with drug addiction, and taking care of herself. Sheila, whose father and siblings have been in and out of jail, risks arrest and jail time by selling and using drugs. Girl Trouble  is an intimate look at the compelling personal stories of three teenagers entangled in San Francisco's juvenile justice system. These girls, and many like them, aren't just at-risk - they are in deep trouble. Trying to change their lives, the girls work part-time at the innovative Center for Young Women's Development, an organization run by young women who have faced similar challenges. As the girls confront seemingly impossible problems and pivotal decisions, the Center's 22-year-old executive director, Lateefah Simon, is often their only support and mentor. Bay Area filmmakers Lexi Leban and Lidia Szajko document the girls' remarkable successes and heartbreaking setbacks over a four-year period - their daily struggles with poverty, violence, public defenders and homelessness - and expose a system that fails to end the cycle of incarceration. The film is available in both a 74 minute and a 57 minute version.

Girls on the Wall  /  written, directed and produced by Heather Ross ; Independent Television Service presents a Sincerely Films production.  [United States] : Sincerely Films, 2009.  1 dvd videodisc (62 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 suppl. dvd videodisc (4 3/4 in.)  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6046 .G575 2009 VideoDVD  disc 1-2The teenage girls of Warrenville Prison (Michigan) get a shot at redemption in a most unlikely form: a musical based on their lives. As three fascinating girls write and stage their play, they’re compelled to re-live their crimes, reclaim their humanity and take a first step toward breaking free of the prison system.  For more information, visit website   Note: includes a license to screen for classes and groups. (shown in CJ425: Women and Criminal Justice)

Gladiator Days  : Anatomy of a Prison Murder / [United States] : HBO Video, [2003]  1 DVD videodisc (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV9025 .G533 2003 VideoDVD : Violent crime in prison is an everyday reality. Captured by Utah State Prison surveillance cameras, the documentary shows how white supremacist Troy Kell stabbed black inmate Lonnie Blackmon 67 times while his accomplice Eric Daniels helped hold down the victim. All the while, prison guards watched from the sidelines waiting for the SWAT team to arrive.

Glen Mills Gang: Arrested Without Locks and Bars   A Film by Peter Schran. Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 204. 1 DVD videodisc (50 min) : : sd., col. ; 3/4in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV9105.P22 G53 2004 VideoDVD : Filmed over the course of a year, this documentary goes inside Glen Mills Schools in Pennsylvania, a “boarding school” alternative to prison for about 1,000 young members of street gangs convicted of crimes. Sam Ferrainola, the school’s director, has pioneered a system of rewards and privileges where the young men keep themselves under strict surveillance, reporting infractions of the rules to upperclassmen, or “Big Brothers.” Ferrainola stresses that Glen Mills is not a boot camp but an educational institution in which the goal is to bring about fundamental changes in behavior without incarceration. The system seems to work: of all institutions for juvenile offenders, Glen Mills’ 32 percent recidivism rate is the lowest in the country.

Gun Control (Crime File)  Produced by the Police Foundation ; directed by Joseph Camp ; producer, Susan Edelson. Rockville, MD : National Institute of Justice, [1985?] 1 VHS videocassette (28 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV8059 .G97 1985 Videocassette : Discussion of the pro and con issues involved in the gun control controversy, and how they affect criminal justice.


Note: Many of the crime files also have accompaning print guides which are available in government documents.


Selected Documentaries : H

Hackers   Neil Docherty ; a Frontline co-production with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ; WGBH Educational Foundation. [Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Video, c2001. 1 VHS videocassette (57 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6773 .H33 2001 Videocassette : Examines the role of hackers and reveals how their exploits highlight the profound insecurities of the Internet and the software that drives it.

Happy Valley / A&E IndieFilms presents an Asylum Entertainment production ; a Passion Pictures production ; produced by Jonathan Koch and Steve Michaels, John Battsek and Ken Dornstein ; directed by Amir Bar-Lev.  [New York] : A&E Indie Films, c2014.  1 DVD videodisc (98 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in.  HV6570.3.S73 H36 2014 VideoDVD : What happened at Penn State has repercussions far and wide, not only on other college campuses but throughout American society. This award-winning new documentary about the sexual abuse scandal challenges students to examine what this tragedy means for all of us. Is there such a thing as an innocent bystander? How do we protect young people from sexual abuse? And most importantly what kind of society do we want to live in? ... Penn State University lies at the heart of an area long known as Happy Valley, and its iconic figure for more than 40 years was Joe Paterno, the head coach of the school’s storied football team. His program was lauded for not only its success on the field but also for its students’ achievements in the classroom, and Paterno took on mythic national stature as “Saint Joe.” ... But in November 2011, everything came crashing down on Paterno and Penn State. Former Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse, many of which took place on the university campus. Filmed over the course of the year after Sandusky’s arrest, HAPPY VALLEY chronicles the ensuing firestorm of accusations about who failed to protect the children of Happy Valley. Director Amir Bar-Lev takes a multidimensional look at this complicated and tragic tale and creates a parable of guilt, responsibility, and identity for a small town caught in the glare of the national spotlight.  More information.

A Hard Straight   ITVS presents a One Arm Productions film ; director/producer/camera, Goro Toshima ; producer, Lindsay Sablosky. [S.l.] : One Arm Productions ; [Harriman, N.Y.] : New Day Films, c2004. 1 DVD videodisc (54 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV9305.C2 H37 2004 VideoDVD : A gangmember, a mother, and a small-time dealer. They served their sentences, they're on parole, and now they're about to discover that walking out of the prison gates is just the beginning....A Hard Straight shows what it's really like to make the radical transition from prison to mainstream society. The film interweaves the stories of two men and a women -- three of the 500,000 people who are released from prison each year -- as they attempt to construct new lives on the outside in the face of many unknowns. What will you have to do to survive after walking out with only $200 gate money. How does an extended stay in a world defined by violence and subjugation affect your ability to live your own life? And what resources, both within the community and yourself, will you need to make it?

Hard Time: Teens in Maximum Security Prisons   Princeton, N.J. : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2004. 1 videodisc (24 minutes, color), DVD; originally shown on 20/20 (ABC News).  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV9069 .H373 1999 VideoDVD  : Every Wednesday another busload of new inmates arrives at the Western Youth Institution in Morganton, North Carolina, a maximum security prison for juvenile offenders. What trade-offs do the convicts have to make, just to stay alive in this hostile environment? And what will they be like if they eventually make it back into society? In this program, ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer reports on prison life through the experiences of four new teenage inmates—one only 13 years old. A follow-up two years later reveals the impact of their incarceration on their minds and bodies, best summed up by the words of one of the four: "This is not the place to be." Hosts: Sam Donaldson and Diane Sawyer.

Hate Across America : 20th Century with Mike Wallace    New York : History Channel Video : A & E Home Video, 2002, c1995. 1 DVD videodisc (50 min., color, with b&w sequences) MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, E184.A1 T85 2002 VideoDVD  : Originally broadcast on the History Channel television program entitled: 20th century with Mike Wallace. Examines the modern history of hate crimes in America, going back to the 1964 murder of three civil rights workers by the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi. Traces the spread of hate crimes and groups beyond their traditional strongholds in the South and looks at the new face of hate: more polished, more seductive, disruptive and dangerous. Shows why such groups have turned away from attacking individuals to focus their attention on the federal government.

Hate Groups USA   Princeton, N.J. : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, c2000. 1 VHS videocassette, (49 minutes, color).  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6773.52 .H38 2000 Videocassette : Originally broadcast in 1999 by the BBC with title: Heart of darkness. Examines hate crimes and hate groups in the United States.

Hate.com : Extremists on the Internet   Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities, c2000. 1 VHS videocassette (42 min., color). [presented by] Home Box Office in association with the Southern Poverty Law Center.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, E184.A1 H37 2000 VideoDVD : "Addresses the use of the Internet to spread messages of hate and violence. Don Black, founder of Stormfront; Matt Hale, founder of the World Church of the Creator; Richard Butler, founder of Aryan Nations and Christian Identity; and Dr. William Pierce, founder of the National Alliance and author of The Turner diaries, expound their doctrines, tactics, and goals. Profiles of 'lone wolves'--individuals incited to commit violence and bias crimes--include Timothy McVeigh, Benjamin Smith, the lynchers of James Byrd, and others." 

The Heart Broken in Half (1990) / produced and directed by Taggart Siegel and Dwight Conquergood ; written and narrated by Dwight Conquergood ; Siegel Productions.   [Distributed by: Portland OR] : Collective Eye, [2005?] 1 videodisc (57 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West,  HV6439.U5 H42 2005 VideoDVD : Gangs are society's ultimate devil figure. They symbolize transgression and embody the deepest fears of middle-class citizens. Few filmmakers have dared or been able to get behind the headlines to confront the human reality and complexity of street gangs in urban America. Challenging stereotypes, this documentary gives voice to the street youths and reveals their underground culture. Here is an intricate web of symbols and passions, territory and brotherhood, honor and all to often, death.

The Heart of the Dragon. Episode 5, Correcting  / An ASH Films co-production with the English Association Trust ... [et al.] for Channel Four.  New York, N.Y. : Ambrose Video Pub. [distributor], c1988. 1 VHS videocassette (57 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. MSU Law Library Reserve VIDEO H : Explains the basis of the Chinese legal system as a desire to restore social harmony, rather than to punish the criminal or to protect society. Shows how the system works, and explores the social pressures in the new consumer society, including what makes a crime a crime.

Heroin (Crime File)  Rockville, MD : National Institute of Justice, [1985?] 1 VHS videocassette (28min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV5822.H4 H476 Videocassette : Discusses the damage to the user and to society as a result of heroin addiction.

A History of Violence  San Francisco, CA : Frameline, 1991. 1 VHS videocassette (7 min.).  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HN90.V5 H5 1991 Videocassette  : Violent images in life lead to a hate crime and suicide.

Hitler's Courts : Betrayal of the Rule of Law in Nazi Germany  Touro College Jacob Fuchsberg Law Center ; Stories to Remember ; produced and directed by Joshua M. Greene and Shiva Kumar.  Old Westbury, NY : Touro College Jacob Fuchsberg Law Center, c2006. 1 DVD videodisc (35 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.; DVD  MSU Law Library Reserve Collection VIDEO H : When those charged with defending the rule of law betray that trust, the victory of tyrants is assured. Hitler's Courts featured archival footage from the Nazi era, rarely seen photographs, and interviews with leading voices in international law. Experts examine the perversion of the courts under Nazi rule and discuss how distinguished lawmakers capable of complicity in the largest mass murder of men, women and children in history.

Holy Water-Gate : Abuse Cover-up in the Catholic ChurchA film by Mary Healey-Conlon.  2006.  46 minutes.  Streaming video from Filmakers Library : Explores the lengths to which sexual abuse has been systematically obscured throughout the nation. It presents startling testimony from an admitted priest perpetrator, church officials and victims, as well as the story of Father John Bambrick who was himself molested by a priest as an adolescent and continues to seek justice for fellow victims. The victims, victims' advocates, priests and reporters who tried to reveal the situation to public view were repeatedly blocked and/or harassed by the perpetrators themselves and by church officials....In particular the film examines abuse that was occurring in several areas around the country, including Rhode Island, Illinois, Wisconsin, New Jersey and New York and the methods and mechanisms used to conceal this wide-spread abuse. In chilling testimony, an admitted perpetrator priest, Father William C., recounts his abuse of two children who reported their abuse to the police. The report "disappeared", and no criminal charges were made. The Church sent him for six months' of therapy and later reassigned him to six different parishes....When stories about the sexual abuse began appearing in the Boston Globe, the New York Times and many other newspapers, many victims came forward with their stories and sued the Church. It is clear that the Church put the protection of priests ahead of the protection of children compounding the problem for thousands of Catholic families and individual victims.

The Hostage Takers  / A & E Television Networks. New York : A&E Home Video : distributed in the U.S. by New Video Group, c1994. 1 DVD videodisc (ca. 50 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6595 .H67 1994 DVD : Examines several hostage-taking incidents, including the 1985 Achille Lauro incident, and examines the process of negotiating with the hostage taker.  Part of the American Justice series.

Hot coffee : is justice being served? / HBO Documentary Films in association with If Not Now Productions and The Group Entertainment ; produced by Carly Hugo, Alan Oxman, Susan Saladoff ; directed by Susan Saladoff.  [United States] : Docurama Films : New Video, c2011.  1 videodisc (86 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.   Kline Digital and Multimedia Center 4 West KF1250 .H68 2011 VideoDVD : Analyzes and discuses so called "frivolous law suits" and the impact of tort reform on the United States judicial system. Discusses several cases and relates each to tort reform in the U.S.: Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants (public relations campaign to instigate tort reform); Colin Gourley's malpractice lawsuit and caps on damages; the prosecution of Mississippi Justice Oliver Diaz and judicial elections; Jamie Leigh Jones v. Halliburton Co. and mandatory arbitration. Exposes how corporations spent millions on a propaganda campaign to distort Americans' view of lawsuits, forever changing the civil justice system. From the infamous case of the woman who sued McDonalds over spilled coffee to the saga of the Mississippi Supreme Court Justice deemed 'not corporate enough' by business interests, this program tears apart the conventional wisdom about 'frivolous lawsuits.'

House Arrest (Crime File)  Produced by the Police Foundation ; producer, Christopher Koch ; director W.P. Fowler. Rockville, Md. : National Institute of Justice, 1986. 1 VHS videocassette (29 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV8706 .H68 1986 Videocassette : A discussion of the use of house arrest as an alternative to probation and imprisonment. Major discussion centers on the Community Control system set up in Florida.

The House I live In / 2DF ; ITVS ; BBC ; Charlotte Street Films presents a film by Eugene Jarecki ; an Edgewood Way production ; produced by Eugene Jarecki, Melinda Shopsin ; written and directed by Eugene Jarecki.  [S.l.] : Dogwoof Digital, 2013.  1 DVD videodisc (108 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in + 1 guide   MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV5825 .H85 2013 Region 2 VideoDVD disc & guide : From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy. (shown in CJ425: Women and Criminal Justice)

Human Trafficking 101  : the presenter's Kit  [Los Angeles, CA] : Journey Film Group, 2008. 3 DVD videodiscs (ca. 133 min.)
MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HQ281 .H864 2008 VideoDVD 1-3  : Disc 1: Cargo: innocence lost (73 min.) -- Disc 2. Svetlana's journey (40 min.) -- Disc 3. Human trafficking training module (20 min.) A compelling documentary unveils the dark underworld of sex trafficking through compelling interviews with some of the country's top officials on the subject, victims' advocates and victims themselves.
Cargo: innocence lost is a documentary exploring sexual slavery in the U.S. and features interviews with top officials on the subject, victims' advocates, and victims themselves....Svetlana's journey is based on a true story about a young Bulgarian gril who is forced into a life of prostitution....Human trafficking training module is a documentary designed to train public safety professionals on the crime of human trafficking and how it may be disguised in their jurisdictions.


Note: Many of the crime files also have accompaning print guides which are available in government documents.


Selected documentary films, I-J

If… We Could Stop the Violence   Princeton, NJ : Films Media Group, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2004. 1 dvd (60 min.)  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, RC569.5.V55 I47 2007 VideoDVD : In the future, brain scans could be used to assess a child’s potential for violence -- and to decide if that child should be kept apart from the public, even when he or she has never hurt anyone. Should neurologists and behavioral psychologists have that much power? This program explores the issue with a compelling dramatized story, showing just how a combination of medical expertise and governmental authority could be applied to create a “safe” society -- at the expense of those who fit certain parameters. Viewers will gain additional insight from USC Professor of Psychology Adrian Raine, Georgetown University Professor of Neurobiology Jonathan Pincus, Children’s Society Policy Manager Sharon Moore, and other experts. A BBCW Production.

In the Name of the Family : Honor Killings in North America A Film by Shelley Saywell.  Women Makes Films, 2010.  DVD.   60 minutes.  HV6535.N7 I528 2010 VideoDVD : Schoolgirl Aqsa Parvez, sisters Amina and Sarah Said, and college student Fauzia Muhammad were all North American teenagers—and victims of premeditated, murderous attacks by male family members. Only Muhammad survived. Emmy® winner Shelley Saywell examines each case in depth in this riveting investigation of "honor killings" of girls in Muslim immigrant families. Not sanctioned by Islam, the brutalization and violence against young women for defying male authority derives from ancient tribal notions of honor and family shame. ...As friends and relatives trace escalating tensions leading to the crimes. In the Name of the Family explores community reactions to the tragic events. The film also delves into the dual, precarious existence of other young Muslim women struggling to bridge two worlds, along with Muslim women’s efforts to help girls at special risk. With consummate documentary skills and a passion for human rights, Saywell puts a much needed human face on a subject that is all too often silenced or sensationalized in post-9/11 North America.

The Informant directed by John Marshall (Documentary Educational Resources) 24 mins.  Available to the MSU Community through the Ethnographic Video Online Collection : This film focuses on a black burglary suspect who, during interrogation by Pittsburgh, PA police offers his services as an "undercover" informant - providing the police will suppress his charge.  For more information, see DER web site.

Insanity Defense (Crime File)  [Produced by] Police Foundation. [Washington, D.C.] : National Institute of Justice, [1985] 1 VHS videocassette (28 min., 30 sec.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, RA1151 .I573 1985 Videocassette : Discussion of the insanity defense in criminal trials.

Inside Prisons (Crime File)  Produced by the Police Foundation ; directed by Joseph Camp ; producer, Susan Edelson. Rockville, MD : National Institute of Justice, [1985?] 1 VHS videocassette (28min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4in.   MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV9025 .I57 1985 Videocassette : Discusses the increase in riots and murders within prisons.

Inside Supermax  / produced by Powderhouse Productions for TLC ; executive producer, Julie Rose McCully.  Silver Spring, MD : Discovery Communications, Inc., c2007.  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 45 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV9475.C3 K47 2007 VideoDVD : Welcome to Kern Valley State Prison, California's 33rd - and newest - male maximum-security prison located in the semi-desert of California's Central Valley. The men who inhabit the facility have committed some of the most heinous crimes- murder, rape and gang violence to name a few. Being a Corrections Officer is one of the most dangerous occupations in America- and being a CO in a level four maximum-security penitentiary is especially hazardous. Assaults are a constant threat and their lives are put on the line each day. Women CO's are at especially high risk of being harmed in the prison and must be trained to retain respect and control over their inmates. TLC was granted unprecedented access to the prison, which provides an intimate view of the staff and inmate's experiences.

The Invisible War  / Chain Camera Pictures ; producer, Amy Ziering, Tanner King Barklow ; writer/director, Kirby Dick  [United States] : New Video Group, 2012  1 DVD  videodisc (98 minutes) : sound, color ; 12 cm..   MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, UB418.W65 I58 2012 VideoDVD : The Invisible War is an engrossing, deeply moving, and disturbing documentary that likely will leave no viewer untouched. The Invisible War, directed by Kirby Dick, shines a light on one of America's most shocking occurrences--the epidemic of rape and sexual assault in the armed services. And when some victims--men and women--have come forward to report the crimes, the victims often face a second assault: commanding officers who either don't believe them or who refuse to do anything about the crime. The Invisible War traces the stories of several soldiers who have been subjected to sexual assault or rape, and their stories are just heartbreaking. One feels a sense of little hope, and yet after The Invisible War aired at Sundance in 2012, it won the Audience Award--and press coverage that began a military investigation into the ways each branch of the service handles sexual assaults. One statistic alone is shocking: more than 20 percent of active-duty servicewomen are sexually assaulted. The extras included are moving audio commentaries from the director and from producer Amy Ziering, outtakes from some of the interviews, a riveting Q and A session from Sundance after the film aired, and scenes of posttraumatic stress disorder treatment and a retreat for assault survivors. The Invisible War, though at times difficult to watch, is an important film, and one that anyone with any loved ones in the service--as well as all other Americans--simply must commit to watch. And commit to change the existing reality. --A.T. Hurley  Film  (shown in CJ425: Women and Criminal Justice)

The Invisible War has had a greater influence on national policy, in a shorter amount of time, than nearly any other documentary in history.  In a little more than a year since the film’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2012, the following has happened:

  •  February 28, 2012: The first screening of the film in Washington DC takes place, hosted by 16 Senators and 6 Members of the House of Representatives. 
  •  April 14: Two days after watching the film, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta holds a press conference to announce substantive policy changes in the military's handling of sexual assault. 
  •  April 23: President Obama issues a statement calling for sexual assault to be thoroughly investigated and offenders held accountable.  This is the one of the first official statements ever made by a President on the issue of sexual assault in the military.
  •  April-June: Nearly every member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff sees the film, including General Dempsey, the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  
  •  May 8: The Joint Chiefs of Staff issue a Strategic Direction to Combat Sexual Assault which is mandatory reading for all commanders and leaders.
  •  April-June: General Amos, the Commandant of the Marine Corps meets with all 85 generals in the Marine Corps for two days to discuss the problem.
  •  July: The Army, Air Force, and National Guards begin using the film as a training tool to combat sexual assault.  
  •  July 20: An instructor at Lackland Air Force Base is sentenced to 20 years for sexual assault, the first of 12 instructors being charged with sexual misconduct. A Public Affairs Officer in the Pentagon tells us that this swift response would not have happened without the film's influence.
  •  November: General Welsh, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force flies in all 135 Wing Commanders in the Air Force from bases around the world to the Pentagon to watch the film and discuss it.  This is the first time in more than 30 years (and perhaps the first time ever) that all Wing Commanders have been called back to the Pentagon.
  •  November 29: The Senate passes the Boxer Amendment to the NDAA, which prevents the armed forces from granting waivers to military candidates with a sex crime on their record.  Senator Boxer has tried to get this passed since 2005, and she said it was because of the film that she was finally successful.
  •  June -Present: More than 250,000 service members (over 12% of the U.S. armed forces) see the film. 
  •  January 4, 2013: President Obama signs the NDAA – one of the most significant pieces of legislation in recent history that addresses sexual assault in the US military.  It includes provisions to establish (1) comprehensive special victims units (2) measures to prevent professional retaliation against survivors and (3) mandatory climate surveys for every commander in the Armed Forces to determine the prevalence of sexual assault in the unit and the standards of prevention and prosecution fostered by the commander.    
  •  January 23: The full House Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on sexual assault.  The New York Times says that the fact they held the hearing at all was in large part a tribute to the film. 
  •  January 31: The Senate holds confirmation hearings for Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel.  Senator Blumenthal asks Hagel whether he’s seen “an excellent documentary called ‘The Invisible War.’” Hagel replies that he has – this marks the 2nd time in less than one year a Secretary of Defense has seen the film.
  •  March 13: A Senate Armed Services subcommittee holds hearings on sexual assault in the military, the first time the Senate has held hearings on this issue in nearly 10 years.  Several Senators, including the Chair Sen. Gillibrand, credit the film as a major reason the hearings took place and the film is discussed repeatedly during the hearings.
  •  May: A House bill is introduced, co-sponsored by Democratic Rep. Speier and Republican Rep. Heck, that would amend the Uniform Code of Military Justice to prohibit sexual acts and sexual contact between military instructors and their trainees.
  •  May: A Senate bill is introduced, co-sponsored by Democratic Sen. Klobuchar and Republican Sen. Murkowski that would require commanding offers who receive a report of a sexual assault to act on it within 24 hours.
  •  May: A Senate bill is introduced, co-sponsored by Republican Sen. Ayotte and Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Richard Blumenthal that would create a special counsel for victims of sexual assault committed by a member of the armed forces.
  •  May: A House bill is introduced, co-sponsored by Republican Rep. Walorski and Democratic Rep. Sanchez that would require an investigation of allegations of "retaliatory personnel actions" taken against military personnel who have made a report of sexual assault.
  •  May 9: President Obama meets with 16 Senators and Representatives from both parties to discuss reforms.
  •  May 16: Senator Gillibrand and ten other Senators introduce landmark legislation to amend the Uniform Code of Military Justice to remove adjudicatory power from the chain of command for sexual assault crimes. This is the single most important reform that has been proposed by Congress in history.  Senator Gillibrand has told us privately that she has decided to make sexual assault in the military is her number one issue and the film was a major reason behind that decision.
  •  May 16: Representatives Tulsi Gabbard and Dan Benishek introduce legislation identical to Gillibrand’s bill in the House.  Gabbard first learned about the issue after seeing the film and decided to make it one her primary issues after meeting with the filmmakers early this year.

 Islam Behind Bars / Directed by John Curtin & Paul Carvalho; produced by Kaos productions Inc.  2007.  47 minutes.  Streaming video from the Filmakers Library : No religion is growing faster in Western prisons than Islam. In the United States alone, there are more than 200,000 Muslim inmates. They are mainly black converts searching for an alternative to Christianity, which many reject as the slave-master's faith. Islam Behind Bars takes an unflinching look at the disruptive power of poisonous religious demagoguery, but also leaves the viewer with a better understanding of an intriguing new fact of the black experience in the West....The prisoners follow a path first made famous by Malcolm X, who went to jail for pimping and petty theft and came out a fiery Muslim preacher. He had discovered a strict religion which could bring discipline and dignity to men whose lives had been devastated by violence and drugs....In the aftermath of September 11th, authorities fear that terrorist organizations may recruit Muslim prison converts to attack the West. Richard Reid, the “shoe bomber” was probably recruited while in a British prison. The film shows that there are some imprisoned Muslims who find peace and a respect for all of God’s creations in their new faith, and others who direct their anger at the West. Access available to the MSU community and other subscribers.

Jobs & Crime (Crime File)  Rockville, MD : National Institute of Justice, [1985].   1 VHS videocassette (28min.) : sd., col.; 3/4in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6789 .J637 1985 Videocassette  : Discusses the correlation between unemployment and crime.

Justice: Japan Style   Produced by Ian Altschwager for Australian Broadcasting Corporation.  2006.  24 minutes.  Streaming video from the Filmakers Library : Almost every person charged with committing a serious crime in Japan is convicted and goes to jail. Jury trials simply do not exist and convictions are based on confessions. Some believe that Japanese criminal court cases are simply ceremonies to impose punishment rather than determine guilt....The filmmaker obtained rare access to Japan's jails, where a cruel, secret system allows the abuse, torture and death of inmates. Prisons have spartan conditions and extremely strict rules; prisoners can be kept in solitary confinement for decades, others live eight to a room. In the last ten years there have been close to 250 suspicious deaths in custody. The film recounts the tragic ordeal of Sakae Menda who spent thirty-four years on death row after he confessed to a crime he did not commit, a confession obtained following six days of sleep deprivation and beatings. His testimony is powerful evidence of the flaws in Japan's justice system where reform is unlikely and Western notions of human rights are relatively new.

Juvenile Corrections: Lost Children Bbehind Bars  / ABC News Primetime.  New York, N.Y. : ABC News, c2007.  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV9104 .L67 2007 VideoDVD  : They start out like most kids - innocent, loving and eager to please -- until something goes terribly wrong. Across the country, more than 100,000 troubled teens are locked up in juvenile correction facilities. ABC News goes inside two juvenile facilities near Phoenix, AZ, and meets a group of kids at a critical turning point - they have one last shot to either change their ways or face the prospect of doing time in an adult prison. ABC News was granted unprecedented access in Arizona's system for juveniles and spent nearly six months following these teens' journey in and out of the system. Along the way, they share their shame, their secrets and their dreams. They show their pride and promise. Also in this episode, ABC News checks back with the kids a year later to see what life is like now that they are out.

Juvenile Justice  Barbara Williams ; produced by Kurtis Productions, Ltd. & Towers Productions, Inc. in association with Arts & Entertainment Networks. New York, NY : A & E Home Video : Distributed by New Video Group, 2002, c1994. 1 DVD videodisc (ca. 100 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV9104 .J8846 2002 VideoDVD : One of the most disturbing modern trends is the soaring number of children who commit serious crimes. Looks at why kids are commiting so many crimes, what can be done to prevent them, and how the young perpetrators should be punished.  Part of the Juvenile Justice series.

Juvenile Justice  Princeton, N.J. : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2005. 1 DVD videodisc (58 minutes, color).  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV9104 .J884 2005 VideoDVD : How does America’s juvenile justice system work? In what ways has it failed? And what would it take to improve it so that it routinely operates in the best interests of offenders, their victims, and society as a whole? These are not simple questions, as this Fred Friendly Seminar points out -— and they become all the more complex when moderator Charles Ogletree, of Harvard Law School, casts 13 experts as figures in a hypothetical scenario involving two families, four teens, and a sequence of violent crimes culminating in a murder. By incrementally raising the stakes, Ogletree moderates a passionate discussion that addresses different conceptions of justice, the balance between rehabilitation of a minor and the safety of the public, the need to strengthen the home environment, availability of social services, and matters of race and socioeconomic status. Panelists include Cregor Datig, chief deputy district attorney for Riverside County, California; Patricia Lee, deputy public defender for San Francisco County; Lisa Hill, of the Alameda County Probation Department; Indiana Superior Court Judge James W. Payne; Congressman Dan Lundgren (R-CA), former attorney general of California; Taalia Hasan, of the West Contra Costa County Youth Services Bureau; Walter Allen III, director of the California Youth Authority; Lateefah Simon, of The Center for Young Women’s Development, in San Francisco; Luis Aroche, outreach director of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco; Laurence Steinberg, from the Department of Psychology at Temple University; Amy Holmes Hehn, senior deputy district attorney for Multnomah County, Oregon; Eddie Ayala, of the Oakland Police Department; and Robert Long, news director for KNBC-TV, Los Angeles. Produced in association with The Institute for Child and Family Policy at Columbia University.

Juvenile Justice directed by Laura Rabhan Bar-On, fl. 2006 and Janet Tobias, fl. 2006; produced by Laura Rabhan Bar-On, fl. 2006 and Janet Tobias, fl. 2006, in Frontline (Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 2006), 86 mins Streaming video available via the PBS Online Collection : Frontline explores whether children who commit serious crimes should be tried as juveniles or adults. The program shows what can happen to young offenders who reach the "end of the line" in the juvenile court system and how these children can be rehabilitated to prevent future criminal behavior.

Juvenile Justice: In the Child’s Best Interest  Princeton, N.J. : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2004. 1 DVD videodisc (60 minutes, color). MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV9104 .J855 2004 VideoDVD : When victimized children turn victimizers themselves, juvenile court is likely to be their next destination. Using case studies of families in turmoil, this gripping program sheds light on the juvenile justice system. Courtroom footage reveals the intense proceedings in which judges must shape the futures of children and parents alike, while therapists, child welfare caseworkers, foster parents, and staff members from assistance organizations discuss their efforts on behalf of the children.  Follows the cases of a number of juvenile offenders over a period of eight months in 1999 in the juvenile court systems of Lake, Marion, and Monroe counties in Indiana. Covers topics such as the special difficulties of child sexual offenders, children who are violent and difficult to control in the home, parent substance abuse problems, and the recurrence of problems through multiple generations. Uses courtroom footage to reveal the intense proceedings in which judges must shape the futures of both children and parents. Features discussion by therapists, child welfare caseworkers, foster parents, and staff members from assistance organizations about their efforts on behalf of the children.

Juvenile Offenders (Crime File)  Rockville, MD : National Institute of Justice, [1985?] 1 VHS videocassette (28min.); color.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV9069 .J98 1985 Videocassette : Discusses the problem of determining at what point criminals should be prosecuted as adults.

Juveniles and the Death Penalty  Related Title : 48 hours (Television program) Death row kids.  / CBS News ; senior producers, Steve Glauber, Al Briganti, Catherine Lasiewicz ; directed by Eric Shapiro ; producers, Rory O'Connor ... [et al.] ; writer, Thomas Flynn.  Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, c2003. 1 DVD videodisc (58 min., color).  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, KF9227.C2 J88 2003 VideoDVD : Looks at the cases of people who killed before they were 18; interviews prosecutors, defense attorneys, and family about appropriate punishment in such cases. 


Note: Many of the crime files also have accompaning print guides which are available in government documents.


Selected Documentaries, K-M

Kids Behind Bars  / A & E Television Networks.  New York : A & E Home Video : distributed in the U.S. by New Video Group, c1997.  1 DVD videodisc (50 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV9104 .K527 1997 VideoDVD : A look at juveniles serving time in jail, many who have been tried as adults and/or serving lengthy sentences.

Killing Jimmy Hoffa / Augustus Entertainment ; produced by Scott Burnstein and Al Profit ; written and directed by Al Profit.  [United States] : Augustus Entertainment, [2014]   1 DVD (80 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.  HD6509.H6 K54 2014 VideoDVD : The film includes insights into Hoffa's possible ties with the Kennedy assassination, a CIA plot to kill Fidel Castro, strong evidence to suggest he was profiting from narcotics trafficking, and raises the idea that Hoffa may have been an FBI informant.  Commentary from ex-FBI agents, former journalists and ex-U.S. prosecutors share their insights into the disappearance throughout the film.

Klansville USA / American Experience Films (PBS) presents ; produced and directed by Callie T. Wiser ; telescript by David Espar and Callie T. Wiser ; a Five O'Clock Films production for American experience.. [Arlington, Virginia] : PBS Distribution, [2015]  1 DVD videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.  HS2330.K63 K536 2015 VideoDVD : Investigate the reasons North Carolina, long seen as the most progressive state in the South, became home to the largest Klan organization in the country, with more members than all the other Southern states combined, during the 1960s.  Cover.

The Ku Klux Klan  : a secret history / produced by Termite Art Productions in association with Bill Brummel Productions for the History Channel ; A & E Television Networks ; written and produced by Bill Brummel.  Studio City, CA : Bill Brummel Productions, c1998.  1 VHS videocassette (100 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 1/2 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West,  HS2330.K63 K833 1998 Vidoecassette : Presents a history of the Ku Klux Klan, from its beginnings after the Civil War to recent years, and its practices of terror against minorities.

Laredo and the Law.  Produced by F. Ryden for SVT.  2000.  52 minutes.  Streaming video from Filmakers Library : For over five years, 22-year-old Miguel Martinez has been languishing on death row in Huntsville, Texas, convicted of murdering businessman James Smiley and two young boys in Smiley’s home. Intent on robbery, Martinez and two friends broke into what they thought would be an empty house. Martinez denied that he was responsible for the killings. The poorest of the three youths, he was the only one brought to trial. One of the accomplices was the son of a city judge who was saved from trial for giving state’s evidence. The other, a youth who had been mixed up in drugs and satanism, was eventually arrested for a different crime and never faced the murder charges....This investigation by F. Ryden, who first met Miguel while filming Not Too Young to Die, calls into question the use of the death penalty, especially when the possibility exists that justice may not have been carried out in the court proceedings. A number of factors cast doubt on the trial. The citizens of Laredo were anxious for a conviction. The district attorney was running for re-election. Miguel was defended by an inexperienced lawyer. The boy who owned the murder weapons, a judge’s son, was never brought to trial. The forensic expert who testified was found to have falsified testimony in other cases. The young Martinez talks solemnly about his years on death row, and clings to the hope that an appeal may be granted him.

Law & Disorder directed by Thomas Jennings, fl. 2010; produced by Thomas Jennings, fl. 2010, in Frontline (Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 2010), 56 mins Streaming video fromthe PBS Online Video Collection : A story of law enforcement in crisis, even out of control, Law & Disorder investigates charges that New Orleans Police Department officers inappropriately used lethal force against citizens and then tried to cover up their actions in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Frontline takes a fresh look at how the NOPD...

Legacy / written, produced and directed by Michael J. Moore.  Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities, [1999], c1998.  1 VHS videocassette (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. Schaeffer Law Library Reserve Collection Video L : From murders to manhunts to a win-at-all costs political campaign, this riveting expose presents the disturbing story behind the passage of California's stringent "three strikes" law. Through candid interviews and news footage, Mike Reynolds and Marc Klaas, brothers-in-arms turned bitter opponents, and other key players, including judges, legal analysts, and state officials, illuminate both sides of the issue.

Let The Fire Burn / School of Media & Public Affairs, the George Washington University ; Sundance Institute ; the Film Sales Company ; directed and produced by Jason Osder.  [New York] : Zeitgeist Films, 2014.  1 DVD videodisc (approximately 95 minutes) : sound, color with black & white sequences ; 4 3/4 in + 1 tri-fold color scene/timeline guide.  F158.9.N4 L48 2014 VideoDVD  disc & guide : In 1985, the Philadelphia police department dropped four pounds of C4 explosives on a row house in the Cobbs Creek neighborhood. Eleven people living in the house, including five children, died, and and 61 houses (mostly inhabited by black families) were destroyed after the police decided to "let the fire burn." The bombing was a culmination of a years-long conflict between the city and a primitivist black liberation group called MOVE, which was, as this extraordinary documentary about the incident makes clear, something like a cult, but also the target of wholly disproportionate and unjustifiable violence from the Philadelphia PD. Director Jason Osder eschews present-day interviews and voice-overs, telling the whole story through archival footage, using testimonies before the panel appointed to investigate the incident to frame the story.

Life Sentence.  A film by Lisa Gray.  2008.  31 minutes.  Streaming video from Filmakers Library : Recent statistics indicate that one in 100 Americans are incarcerated. This shocking figure impels us to look closely at our penal system. Tough sentencing rules and release policies have become the norm in the federal system, which is extremely punitive....Life Sentence lets us hear from six formerly incarcerated men and women, some of whom were sentenced as adolescents. They spent from twelve to twenty-six years in prison. Now they must find their way, economically and emotionally, to rebuild their lives after being behind bars, some from the age of sixteen....The film begins as each prisoner prepares for their first parole board hearing. Each is denied and must wait two years until their next hearing. They discuss what brought them to prison, the time spent there, and what it felt like being sentenced to decades of imprisonment. One of the most important opportunities while incarcerated was the ability to receive education. Just before Congress abolished federal financing for college programs in prisons in 1994, all six had completed associate, bachelor and master degrees. Now released, we see how these longtermers contribute to society and their communities, all of them working with other formerly incarcerated people. The film shows the potential of people, including those who have committed criminal acts, if they are given access to education and prepared for careers....Scholars, policy makers and advocates of reform discuss the great obstacles formerly incarcerated people face, including job and housing regulations and discrimination, sentencing policies, and lifetime parole.

Lockdown USA / Michael Skolnik & Rebecca Chaiklin.  ThirdWorldFilms, 2006, DVD, 84 min., Color  HV5831.N7 L63 2007 VideoDVDIn 1973, New York State enacted the Rockefeller Drug Laws, which are the harshest drug control measures ever passed in any democratic nation. President Reagan declared the National “War on Drugs” in 1982 and cited The Rockefeller Laws as the model for new drug regulations. By 1983, 48 states had passed drug control measures based on the Rockefeller Drug Laws. These laws have resulted in the US prison population quadrupling and prisons becoming a thriving, profitable industry. There are currently over two million people behind bars in America. One out of every 38 Americans is currently in prison or on parole and or probation. The US now spends over $100,000,000 dollars a week building new prisons.  -- LOCKDOWN, USA is a feature documentary set on the front lines of the dramatic campaign to end the “War on Drugs” and repeal the Rockefeller Drug Laws. The film follows Wanda Best, whose husband was sentenced 15 years to life, as a first time non-violent drug offender. She is now raising five children on her own. The documentary interweaves the story of the Best family with a behind the scenes look at Hip Hop Impresario, Russell Simmons’ colorful, unorthodox campaign to reform the Drug Laws. -- In the fall of 2001, Darrell Best was convicted of possession of cocaine. Darrell had been doing handy work at his uncle’s house and signed for a Fed-Ex that was addressed to a neighbor. The package contained a pound of cocaine. The District Attorney offered Darrell Best a one-year plea bargain, if he admitted guilt. Darrell refused to take the plea, insisting on his innocence and claiming he wanted to set an example of integrity and honesty for his children. The Judge apologized as he read Darrell Best his sentence, 15 years to life; the minimum sentence he could give Darrell under the Rockefeller Drug Laws. The film will bare witness to the devastating impact Darrell’s incarceration has had on his family and the noble fight his wife Wanda has launched, in an effort to bring him home. In the spring of 2003, the Best family got a glimmer of hope. An unusual Coalition, helmed by Russell Simmons, assembled to fight the “War on Drugs” and declared that the first battle would be to repeal the Rockefeller Drug Laws. -- The film follows Russell Simmons as he orchastrates a high profile campaign, to raise awareness around the Rockefeller Drug Laws, with the intention of creating tremendous public pressure, forcing the politicians to enact reform. Russell recruits high profile artists such as P Diddy, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Mariah Carey and Tim Robbins to join the campaign and speak out on the issue; he rallies tens of thousands of people and works throughout the night in heated behind the scenes negotiations with New York State Governor George Pataki and the State’s top politicians. The question remains, will they be able to make a deal? LOCKDOWN, USA captures the stranger than fiction, historic series of events as they have unfolded; where the political establishment has been forced to reconcile with the burgeoning power of hip-hop.

Lost for life / directed and produced by Joshua Rofe ; produced by Mark Jonathan Harris, Peter Landesman, Rick Allen and Ted Leonsis, Marcel Herman LLC.  New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 2013.  1 streaming video file (76 min.) available from Filmakers Library. : A documentary about juveniles who are serving life in prison without parole and their victims' families.

Lost in Detention: The Hidden World of Immigration Enforcement directed by Rick Young, fl. 2011, in Frontline (Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 2011), 55 mins Streaming Video from the PBS Video Collection. : More than one million immigrants have been deported since President Obama took office, deportations and detentions have reached record levels. The get-tough policy has brought complaints of abuse and harsh treatment. Frontline investigates Obama's enforcement strategies and journeys into the secretive world of...

Mafia : The History of the Mob in America / Osterland Company ; David Royle Productions ; in association with Arts & Entertainment Networks ; Producers-directors, David Osterlund, Edward Gray, David Meyer, David Royle.  New York : A & E Home Video, 2001, c1993. 2 videodiscs (dvd); 250 minutes.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, PN1995.9.D6 M35 2001 VideoDVD : Originally broadcast as a series on the television program: "American Justice" ; original series title: "Target Mafia."
Contents Disc 1. The Prohibition years/Birth of the American Mafia -- The Kennedys and the Mob -- Disc 2. Unions and the Mob -- Empire of crime. 

Manhood and Violence: Fatal Peril  Princeton, N.J. : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2003. 1 DVD videodisc (58 minutes, color).  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HQ1090.3 .M25 2003 Videocassette : The Resolve to Stop the Violence Program places male convicts in highly structured encounter groups, helping them recognize the warped concepts of masculinity behind their violent behavior. This documentary follows nine inmates through the rigorous self-discovery process, recording their growing sense of accountability and willingness to change. With commentary from law enforcement officers, violence-prevention experts, victims’ relatives, and the inmates themselves, the video also follows up on RSVP participants after their release, highlighting the ultimate benefit of the program -— a dramatic reduction in recidivism among its graduates.

The Meth Epidemic  David Fanning. [Boston] : WBGH Educational Foundation, c2006. 1 VHS videocassette (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV5822.A5 M473 2006 Videocassette : Speed. Meth. Glass. On the street, methamphetamine has many names. What started as a fad among West Coast motorcycle gangs in the 1970s has spread across the United States, and despite lawmakers' calls for action, the drug is now more potent, and more destructive, than at any time in the past decade. In "The Meth Epidemic," Frontline, in association with The Oregonian, investigates the meth rampage in America: the appalling impact on individuals, families and communities, and the difficult of controlling an essential ingredient in meth - ephedrine and pseudoephedrine - sold legally in over-the-counter cold remedies.

Modern Slavery. Human Trafficking  / Speraza Films presents in cooperation with UNICEF Norwary ; directors, Thomas Robsahm and Tina Davis ; producers, Thomas Robsahm and Margreth Olin.  Hamilton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, c2010.  1 DVD videodisc (45 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HQ281 .M65 2010 VideoDVD : In search of a better life, Natasha and Galia Guto thought they had found fulfilling jobs in Turkey through their seemingly helpful neighbors. But when the Gutu sisters left their home in Moldova they were actually traveling into a nightmare--not the health aide employment that their "friends" had promised, but rather enslavement as prostitutes. This program follows their story by recording their own painful accounts, a different side of the narrative as told by the mother-daughter pair who led them into deception, and the real-life courtroom drama that unfolds when the sisters bring charges against their former neighbors.

Mothering Inside / directed, filmed, and produced by Brian Lindstrom.   [Folsom, CA] : Dark Hollow Films, [2015]   1 DVD-R videodisc (29:07) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HQ281HV8886.U6 M68 2015 VideoDVD : Chronicles the experiences of incarcerated women and their children as they participate in the Family Preservation Project, a program designed to interrupt the cycle of intergenerational criminal justice involvement, poverty, and addiction, and promote healthy mother-child relationships, support successful reentry, and decrease recidivism.

Murder City: Detroit, 100 Years of Crime and Violence (2008)  DVD, 83 minutes.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6795.D6 M87 2008 VideoDVD : Amazon description - The Purple Gang, gangs like the Errol Flynn's, the Young Boys, White Boy Rick, & BMF. It even has stuff a lot of us (real Detroiter) forgot about like the John DeLorean cocaine deal and when that dopefiend beat up Rosa Parks. A great mixture of history, social commentary, and juicy crime stories. A must have for anyone interested in Detroit, crime, or the history of urban American in general! 

Murder: Those Left Behind.  Produced by Donna Steiner Buttlaire.  1993.  18 minutes.  Streaming video from Filmakers Library : When a family member has been tragically murdered, the survivors not only face the shock of losing a loved one unexpectedly, but face the cruel fact that the death was caused by another human being. Families must contend with sensationalistic media, a confusing and impersonal criminal justice system, and a lack of privacy....In an attempt to offer support to such families, five individuals, including the filmmaker, describe their feelings of betrayal, rage and alienation. Rosemary Masters, C.S.W., a post-traumatic stress disorder specialist, explains the emotional difficulties following such painful events....Divided into sections to facilitate use, the program will be helpful for counselors and the bereaved families themselves. While these people can never forget, with patience and understanding from others they can go on with their lives to become stronger human beings.


Note: Many of the crime files also have accompaning print guides which are available in government documents.


Select Documentaries, N-O

The Nature of the Beast directed by Ondi Timoner (Documentary Educational Resources) 60 mins. Available online to the MSU Community as part of Ethnographic Video Online : The Nature of the Beast explores the life and case of a woman, Bonnie Jean Foreshaw, who was subjected to years of abuse, as a child and in three separate marriages. At the age of thirty-eight, Ms Foreshaw was found guilty of first degree murder. She had begun carrying a handgun for self-protection after her third husband, whom she had recently divorced, continued stalking and threatening her in the early months of 1986. This same handgun was the weapon Ms Forshaw used when, in a moment of panic, she accidentally shot and killed a pregnant women in an attempt to protect herself from a man who was physically assaulting her at a gas station in Hartford, Connecticut. Both her assailant and victim were complete strangers to Ms Forshaw. although the man later testified in court that he had pulled the pregnant woman in front of him as a shield when he saw Ms Foreshaw take out her hand gun, she was nevertheless found guilty of pre-meditated murder. Ms Foreshaw is now serving the longest prison sentence of any woman in Connecticut--45 years--without the possibility of parole.

Neighborhood Safety (Crime File)  Rockville, MD : National Institute of Justice, [1985?] 1 VHS videocassette (28min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV7936.C58 N45 1985 Videocassette : Discussion of precautions and practices undertaken by neighbors to ensure the safety of their neighborhoods.

The New Asylums  Miri Navasky & Karen O'Connor ; a Frontline coproduction with Mead Street Films. [Boston, Mass.] : WGBH Educational Foundation : Distributed by PBS Video, c2005. 1 DVD-R videodisc (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, RC451.4.P68 N49 2005 VideoDVD : Fewer than 55,000 Americans currently receive treatment in psychiatric hospitals. Meanwhile, almost 10 times that number, nearly 500,000, mentally ill men and women are serving time in U.S. jails and prisons. As sheriffs and prison wardens become the unexpected and often ill-equipped caretakers of this burgeoning population, they raise a troubling new concern: Have America's jails and prisons become its new asylums. The program goes deep inside Ohio's state prison system to explore the complex and growing issue of mentally ill prisoners.

New Gulag : America's Prisons.  Directed by Kari Mokko, for YLE.  1996.  30 minutes.  Streaming video from Filmakers Library : In the United States there are five thousand prisons and one and a half million prisoners. The prison system already costs thirty billion dollars per year to maintain and will escalate as stiffer sentences and tougher treatment are being demanded for criminals. Some estimate that half of all Americans will be incarcerated by the year 2050....This hard-hitting film shows that building and maintaining prisons has become an industry. Private companies are running them for profit often at the expense of any amenities such as recreation and rehabilitation services. In rural communities, prisons are welcomed for providing jobs and markets for a variety of goods needed in prison. In a high security prison in Oklahoma, death-row prisoners are kept for years in bunker-like cells for 23 hours a day. The warden is proud of his tough and mean system, which is condemned by human rights groups....In Phoenix the toughest sheriff in the West feeds his inmates on thirty cents a day and works them in chain gangs. He boasts that he has the cheapest run jail in America. Alvin Brunstein of the ACLU and Marc Mauer, criminologist, challenge the theory that tougher prisons deter crime.

No! : the Rape Documentary / a film by Aishah Shahidah Simmons.   1 DVD videodisc (94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West,  HV6558 .N6 2006 VideoDVD : Through intimate testimonies from Black women victim/survivors, commentaries from acclaimed African-American scholars and community leaders, impacting archival footage, spirited music, dance, and performance poetry, NO! unveils the reality of rape, other forms of sexual violence, and healing in African-American communities. Winner of both a juried award and an audience choice award at the 2006 San Diego Women Film Festival, NO! explores how the collective silence about acts of rape and other forms of sexual assault adversely affects African-Americans, while simultaneously encouraging dialogue to bring about healing and reconciliation between all men and women.

No Tomorrow : A Unique Exploration of the Death Penalty.   A film by Roger Weisberg and Vanessa Roth.  2010.  56 minutes.  Streaming video from Filmakers Library  : No Tomorrow focuses on the murder of Risa Bejarano, the principal subject of Aging Out, an earlier film about teenagers leaving foster care. No Tomorrow explores how Aging Out unexpectedly documented the last year of Risa’s life, and became the centerpiece of a chilling homicide investigation and death penalty trial. Juan Jose Chavez went on trial in 2007, in Los Angeles Superior Court in front of Judge Lance Ito, who had become famous for presiding over the O.J. Simpson trial. In one of the trial’s most dramatic moments, the district attorney showed Aging Out in order to humanize the victim and convince the jury to impose the death penalty....While the trial focuses on whether Risa's murderer deserves to die, several leading death penalty experts address the broader question of whether the state should be empowered to kill him. Ultimately, the unique film-within-a-film perspective of No Tomorrow takes viewers inside a suspenseful death penalty trial and challenges beliefs about capital punishment.

Not in Our Town. Light in the darkness / a film by Patrice O'Neill and The Working Group ; director/producer, Patrice O'Neill ; producers, Charene Zalis and Adrienne Calo with Raymond Telles.  [Oakland, Calif.] : Working Group : Distributed by PBS, [2011], ©2011.  1 DVD videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.  Rovi Film Collection CX9 D0135615 VideoDVD : This documentary follows a community in crisis after the fatal attack of a local immigrant resident in 2008. Stunned by the violence, diverse community stakeholders openly confront the crime and the divisive atmosphere, and commit to ongoing actions to prevent future hate crimes and intolerance.

Not In Our Town : Waking in Oak Creek.  As the Sikh community in Oak Creek, Wisconsin prepares for Sunday prayers, a deadly hate attack shatters their lives, but not their resilience. After six worshipers are killed by a white supremacist, the local community finds inspiration in the Sikh tradition of forgiveness and faith. Lieutenant Murphy, shot 15 times in the attack, joins the mayor and police chief as they forge new bonds with the Sikh community. Young temple members, still grieving, emerge as leaders in the quest to end the violence. In the year following the tragedy, thousands gather for vigils and community events to honor the victims and seek connection. Together, a community rocked by hate is awakened and transformed by the Sikh spirit of relentless optimism.  This film was produced in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office as part of the Not In Our Town: Working Together for Safe, Inclusive Communities Initiative.

Not Too Young To Die : Capital Punishment For Juvenile OffendersProduced by F. Ryden, Swedish Television.  1996.  52 minutes.  Streaming video from Filmakers Library : The United States is one of only seven countries, including Iraq and Bangladesh, whose justice system allows the execution of juveniles convicted of crime. Today there are thirty-three juveniles on death row in eleven states. Here is a critical look at a highly controversial subject....This film takes us into death row in those states where juveniles may be executed. Each story is complicated. The youths have all committed repugnant crimes. Allen Hain locked two victims in the trunk of the car and burnt the vehicle. The victims' parents express their anger and feel death is a fitting punishment. Yet we learn that Allen who was sixteen at the time of the crime, had a mental age of fourteen, came from an alcoholic family and lived on the street. His caseworker feels he could be rehabilitated....Although the United States subscribes to a U.N. international law that prohibits execution for crimes of juveniles, Attorney General Janet Reno explains that each state has the right to dictate policy on this issue. Juveniles have been executed somewhere in America since 1642. With violent juvenile crime on the upswing, is execution the answer?

Notícias de Uma Guerra Particular / VideoFilmes ; direção, Kátia Lund, João Moreira Salles ; produção, Raquel Zangrandi, Mara de Oliveira ; argumento, Kátia Lund, João Moreira Salles, Laura Salles ; pesquisa, Adriana Gouvela, Mara de Oliveira.  Brazil : VideoFilmes, 1999. 2 DVD videodiscs (56 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.; DVD  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV5840.B72 R5564 1999 VideoDVD 1-2 : Filmed during 1997 and 1998 in the "favelas" or slums of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This program documents the constant violence that exists between the police and drug dealers in Rio's slums, the social aspects of drug trafficking and how it plays a crucial part.

The O. J. Verdict / produced, written & directed by Ofra Bikel ; a Frontline coproduction with Ofra Bikel Productions ; WGBH Educational Foundation.  Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Video, c2005.   1 DVD-R videodisc (60 min.) : sd., col.; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, KF224.S485 O19 2005 VideoDVD : Ten years after the verdict was made in the O.J. Simpson case, this program looks back on the trial through interviews with the defense, prosecution and journalists. The program explores the role that race played in arguably the most controversial verdict in the recent history of the American justice system.

The oath  / Praxis Films & The Independent Television Service production in association with American Documentary / P.O.V. ; a Zeitgeist Films release ; produced and directed by Laura Poitras.  [United States] : Zeitgeist Films, 2010.  1 DVD videodisc (96 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 leaflet.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, DS371.414 .O28 2010 VideoDVD : A spectacularly gripping documentary that unfolds like a great political thriller. It's the cross-cut tale of two men whose fateful meeting propelled them on divergent courses with Al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, 9/11, Guantanamo, and the U.S. Supreme Court. The Oath offers a rare window into a hidden realm and the international impact of the U.S. War on Terror.

Obedience / Stanley Milgram. University Park, Penn. : Pennsylvania State University, 1969? 1 VHS videocassette (45 min.) : sd., b&w ; 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, BJ1459 .O24 1969 Videocassette : Presents an experiment conducted during 1962 at Yale University on obedience to authority. Describes both obedient and defiant reactions of subjects who are instructed to administer electric shocks of increasing severity to another person.

Oklahoma City Bombing  / [presented by] the History Channel.  [United States] : A&E Television Networks : Distributed by New Video, [2007]  1 DVD videodisc (50 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6432.6 .O45 2007 VideoDVD :At 9:02 a.m., on April 19, 1995, a massive explosion detonated outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, collapsing the 9-story building and killing 168, 19 of them children, and wounding more than 700. Convicted by the federal government and executed in June 2001, Gulf War veteran Timothy McVeigh claimed he acted alone. Yet, multiple eyewitnesses identified McVeigh at ground zero with unknown accomplices before and after the blast. The original indictment charged McVeigh, Terry Nichols, and "others unknown" with conspiracy and murder. Was the bombing part of a greater pattern of Middle East-sponsored terrorist attacks, including the 1993 World Trade Center attack, bombing of the Khobar Towers and the USS Cole, and 9/11? Were homegrown neo-Nazi militia groups involved?

Old Enough To Do Time: Juvenile Justice Policies.  Produced, written and directed by Roger Weisberg for Public Policy Productions. 1987.  55 minutes.  Streaming video from Filmakers Library : "If you're old enough to do the crime, you're old enough to do the time." This documentary investigates the results of this stern policy, a departure from earlier attitudes when juvenile courts were established specifically to help young people reform. We see juveniles as young as thirteen being tried as adults and incarcerated with adult criminals....This program also shows us four alternative correctional programs; one where minors are referred to community boards instead of the courts; a second, based on a wilderness "outward bound" program; a third, based on a residential model; and a fourth, a "tracking" program which keeps close tabs on youthful offenders....The documentary concludes that by locking up juveniles we gain some short term relief from crime, but in the long run we may be giving up on children who could have been turned around.

Omar & Pete  / a film by Tod Lending ; produced by Nomadic Pictures Ltd. ; producer and director, Tod Lending. [New York?] : Docurama : Distributed in the U.S. by Ethno, c2005.  1 DVD videodisc (72 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West,   HV6049 .O437 2005 VideoDVD : A vivid, sobering portrait” that “packs considerable cumulative punch (Variety),  Omar and Pete is a compelling and highly personal film that examines the social, economic, and personal barriers two ex-offenders face as they try to reintegrate into their communities and families. In and out of prison for more than 30 years, Omar and Pete are determined to change their lives. Upon release, both participate in the Maryland Reentry Program, which is designed to help long-term repeat offenders stay out of prison. Following the two long-time friends for several years after what they hope will be their final prison release, the film reveals two divergent paths as one wrestles with addiction and fear while the other finds success and freedom through helping others. An intimate and penetrating portrait, OMAR &PETE boldly exposes the many barriers to succesful reintegration and the complex, often frustrating challenges that men who were formerly incarcerated face when reentering society.

On Parole : Prisoners of Freedom / Broadcast News Network, Inc. for A&E Network ; Kurtis Productions ; producer, Pamela Yoder ; writer/producer, Bob Harris ; director, Steven Rosenbaum. Burlington, VT : A&E Home Video ; New York : New Video [distributor], c2002. 1 DVD videodisc (47 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV9278 .O6 2002 VideoDVD : In limbo between prison and freedom, parolees face the temptations of society but are bound by the restrictions of their release. This combination can sometimes lead to disastrous results. The difficult job of supervising these convicts falls to parole officers. Ride along with the 5 elite officers of New York's Special Offenders Unit, whose job it is to oversee the "worst of the worst" parolees. Follow them as they bust violators, conduct curfew visits and shake down suspects in the aftermath of a horrendous rape and beating. See how the job of parole officers has become more and more enforcement oriented, and learn why these men wear bullet-proof vests and carry cuffs and guns.

Out on Bail (Crime File)  Rockville, MD : National Institute of Justice, [1985?] 1 VHS videocassette (28min.) sd., col.; 3/4in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV7936.B3 O97 1985 Videocassette : Discusses the setting of bail.

Outlaw Bikers:  Raise Some Hell (2008) / [S.l.] : E1 Entertainment, [2010]   1 DVD videodisc (188 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6439.U5 O985 2010 VideoDVD : 4 episodes from the hit National Geographic Channel Series. Go undercover inside the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. Featuring detailed re-enactments, suspense-driven narratives, and expert interviews with special agents as well as Hells Angels’ members, this acclaimed documentary series infiltrates the infamous organization like never before.


Note: Many of the crime files also have accompaning print guides which are available in government documents.


Selected Documentaries, P-Q

Paddy Whacked : the Irish Mob (2006) / The History Channel ; written and produced by Don Sperling and Wayne Chesler.  New York, NY : New Video Group (Distributor) : A & E Television Network (Producer), c2007.  1 DVD videodisc (100 min.): sd., col., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6446 .E543 2007 VideoDVD : The history of Irish organized crime in America.  Originally produced as an episode of the television program History undercover in 2006.

Patently Offensive: Porn Under Siege.    Produced by Harriet Koskoff.  1993.  58 minutes.  Streaming video from the Filmakers Library : Video cassette recorders, computers, and evolving new technologies have catapulted pornography into a $10 billion industry. Despite sustained attacks from radical feminists and traditional groups concerned about the moral environment, porn profits soar....Winner of a coveted award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Patently Offensive: Porn Under Siege examines pornography in its social and historical context. As a dominant force in popular entertainment, porn has redefined the image culture. Its iconography has been coopted by music videos, Hollywood films, tv sitcoms, and especially advertising: the most powerful socializing agents in contemporary life....Is the tension between freedom of expression and the preservation of values which define a civilized society irreconcilable? Whose interests shall prevail in the explosive, politically divisive dialectic which now rages about pornography's contribution to criminal behavior, its First Amend-ment status, its use and depiction of women and even children? ...The debate about pornography engages many of the major issues of this era: individual rights, censorship, feminist theory, artistic freedom, family values. Praised for its balanced presentation, Patently Offensive; Porn Under Siege contains exclusive footage of the controversial Meese Commission hearings on pornography as well as riveting interviews with principals on all sides of the porn wars. Amongst those included are ACLU spokesperson Barry Lynn, forensic psychiatrist Park Elliott Dietz, criminologist A. Nichols Groth, former Eros magazine publisher Ralph Ginzburg, anthropologist Carole Vance, pornographer Al Goldstein, Harvard Law School professor Frederick Schauer, radical feminist Andrea Dworkin, and representatives of Women Against Pornography, National Organization For Women, and the National Christian Association....Eight years in the making, this masterful documentary is an invaluable asset to serious discussion in disciplines as varied as sociology, ethics, women's studies, psychology, constitutional law, and criminal justice.

Patriot Guard Riders / a Wall Fly Films production ; directed by Ellen Frick.  Harriman, N.Y. : New Day Films, [2011]   1 DVD videodisc (73 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, U353 .P38 2011 VideoDVD : Documents the work of the Patriot Guard Riders, a 200,000-member motorcycle group whose members act as honor guards at funerals for American soldiers killed in action and shield the families of the fallen from protests staged by the hate group known as the Westboro Baptist Church.

Peace Officer / Submarine Entertainment presents ; a film by Scott Christopherson & Brad Barber ; written by Brad Barber, Scott Christopherson, David Lawrence, Renny McCauley ; directed by Scott Christopherson & Brad Barber ; produced by Scott Christopherson, Brad Barber, Dave Lawrence. [New York, New York ] : Gravitas Ventures : distributed by FilmRise, [2016]  1 DVD-R videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.  HV8080.S64 P43 2016 VideoDVD : Follow 'Dub' Lawrence, a former sheriff who established and trained his rural state's first SWAT team as he states the facts about increasingly militarized American police and explains how the SWAT team he trained killed his son-in-law during a controversial standoff. Driven by an obsessed sense of mission, Dub uses his own investigation skills to find the truth in this and other officer-involved shootings in his community, while taking on larger questions about the changing face of peace officers nationwide.  This DVD edition comes with more exclusive bonus featurettes and extended interviews about controversial police incidents. English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired included.  

The People v Leo Frank / A film by Ben Loeterman.  2009.  83 minutes.  Streaming video from the Filmakers Library : This dramatized documentary, drawn verbatim from transcripts, combines the intrigue of a murder mystery with a revealing look at racial, religious and class prejudices. The case was a key factor in the founding and development of the Anti-Defamation League....Originally from New York, Leo Frank was the manager of a pencil factory in Atlanta in 1913, when he was accused and convicted in the rape and murder of a worker, thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan. The case is widely regarded as having been a miscarriage of justice. It was the focus of conflicting cultural pressures, represented class and regional resentment of so-called educated Northern industrialists who were perceived to be wielding too much power in the South, threatening its system of justice, culture and morality....The trial occupied the front page of every American newspaper and captivated public attention around the world. Shortly after Frank’s conviction, new evidence emerged that cast doubt on Frank’s guilt. The Governor commuted his death sentence to life imprisonment, sparking riots in Atlanta. A populist newspaper urged that Frank not be allowed to escape “justice.” On August 17, 1915, Frank was kidnapped from the state prison and lynched by a mob in Phagan’s hometown of Marietta, Georgia. Access available to the MSU community and other subscribers.

The Plea / produced by WGBH Educational Foundation, in Frontline Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 2004, 88 minutes. Streaming video available via the PBS Online Collection.  : It is the centerpiece of America's judicial process: the trial by jury system that places a defendant's fate in the hands of a jury of one's peers. But just how many citizens are aware that nearly 95 percent of all criminal cases never reach a jury, but instead are settled through plea bargains? Frontline explores...

The Poisoner's Handbook / an Apograph Productions film for American Experience ; American Experience Films presents ; story by Michelle Ferrari ; telescript by Rob Rapley ; produced and directed by Rob Rapley.   [Arlington, Virginia] : PBS, [2014]  1 DVD (approximately 120 min.) : sound, color with black & white sequences ; 4 3/4 in..  Rovi Film Collection AR9 D0158503 VideoDVD : In 1918, when New York City hired its first scientifically trained medical examiner Charles Norris. Over the course of a decade and a half, Norris and his extraordinarily driven and talented chief toxicologist, Alexander Gettler, would turn forensic chemistry into a formidable science, sending many a murderer to the electric chair and setting the standards that the rest of the country would ultimately adopt.

Power and control : domestic violence in America / New Day Films ; produced and directed by Peter Cohn.  [New York, N.Y.?];: Hillcrest Films; [Harriman, N.Y.] : Distributed by Transit Media, c2010.  1 DVD video disc (64 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6626.2 .P676 2010 VideoDVD : A dramatic and timely exploration of domestic abuse, which examines the persistence of violence against women in the US, through the story of Kim, a mother of three in Duluth, MN. Duluth was the birthplace of a revolution in the way society approaches battering, and the film tells the story of the leaders from Duluth who remain on the front lines today. The film also looks at the debate launched by researchers and academics who have challenged the Duluth approach.

Predicting Criminality (Crime File) / Produced by the Police Foundation ; directed by Joseph Camp ; producer, Susan Edelson. Rockville, MD : National Institute of Justice, [1985?] 1 VHS videocassette (28 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6251 .P74 1985 Videocassette : Discusses government and private studies regarding the predictability of criminal behavior, especially the repeat offender.

Predictor: Genetic Screening  Princeton, NJ : Films Media Group, 2002. 1 DVD  (50 minutes) MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, RB155.65 .P74 2003 VideoDVD : To what extent do genes determine human behavior? Human destiny? With vivid imagery and fascinating examples, this program looks at how genetic screening yields answers to riddles past and future. A woman discovers that a single letter change in the genome has been responsible for her family’s generations-old "curse" of deformed hands. Dr. Hugh Montgomery of University College Hospital, London, screens the DNA of army recruits for the ACE or endurance gene which may affect their longevity as well as their basic training. Dr. Dean Hammer of the National Institutes of Health explains his search for a thrill-seeker gene, D4DR. And attorney Daniel Summer argues for leniency for his death-row client because his DNA predisposed him to a life of crime. Professor Lee Silver of Princeton University and Nobel Laureate Sir Paul Nurse also provide commentary. A BBC Production.

Prison Crowding (Crime File)  Rockville, Md. : National Institute of Justice, [1985] 1 VHS videocassette (28 1/2 min.); color.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV8705 .P753 1985 Videocassette : Discusses the overpopulation problem in the nation's prison system.

Prison for Kids / A film by Patrick and Axel Charles-Messance.  2002.  27 minutes.  Streaming video from the Filmakers Library : In a Phoenix, Arizona penitentiary, Sheriff Joe Arpalo has initiated an extremely controversial deterrent for juvenile delinquency, called "Smart Tents." It involves incarcerating children who have broken the law in a real prison for two days, to show them what they could become as adults if they don't clean up their act....The sheriff's goal is "...to show the kids how you live if you commit any crime. Not just drugs, any crime. They are going to live in a tough, tough jail system. They don't like it. I hope they will never forget the nights they spent in the tents, eating bologna, wearing the striped uniform, being awake at night with the dogs. They learn the lesson like that. The parents and teachers go through their experience with them, so they're being educated too."...Neither the ACLU nor the Justice Department likes what Sheriff Arpalo is doing, but he feels he is accountable only to the public which elected him. One mother is sure her 13-year old son has been affected by the experience and hopes he will straighten out because of it. She insists she will bring him back repeatedly to make sure he understands the lessons to be learned there. Access available to the MSU community and other subscribers.

Prison Lullabies / A film by Brown Hats Productions.  2003.  83 minutes.  Streaming video from the Filmakers Library :  A remarkable portrait of four women living on the bad side of luck, struggling with drug addiction, arrested for dealing and prostitution and serving prison time with one common bond: they are pregnant. Amy, Monique, Joann and Ann Marie -- they all have given birth behind bars....For these women who are on intimate terms with sexual abuse, poverty and addiction, the Taconic Correctional Facility in New York State offers a rare gleam of hope. One of only five prisons in the U.S. to provide a nursery program for inmates, Taconic allows the women to keep their babies for the first eighteen months of their lives while insisting that the mothers participate in a rigorous series of classes that range from basic child care to anger management, and drug counseling....Each woman is released from prison in the course of filming. Each must make life altering choices: whether to find a job and break the cycle of relapse and re-arrest that has led to the loss of her other children, or pick up the crack-pipe, abandon the child and return to the streets. Prison Lullabies addresses these issues by allowing the inmates to relate their own stories.  Access available to the MSU community and other subscribers.

Prison Town USA / a film by Po Kutchins and Katie Galloway ; written, produced, and directed by Katie Galloway, Po Kutchins ; co-production of KQED, Center for Independent Documentary, and the Independent Television Service ; produced by Lock Pictures. New York : Filmakers Library, [2007?]  1 DVD-R videodisc [74 min.] : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV9470 .P75 2008 VideoDVD : What happens when a struggling rural town tries to revive its economy by inviting a prison in? PRISON TOWN, USA weaves the absorbing tales of a laid-off mill worker-turned-guard, a tenacious dairy owner fighting "Prison Industries," and a transplanted inmate family over the course of two years. With these engrossing narratives and a background chorus of vivid voices, from lifer inmates to local ranchers who say they were duped, prison-boosting politicians to teenagers looking for a way out of town, PRISON TOWN, USA reveals the untold story of the legacy of America's prison building frenzy on hundreds of rural prison towns that once invited them in.

Prison Town USA / A Film by Po Kutchins and Katie Galloway.     2007.  75 minutes  Streaming video from the Filmakers Library : In the 1990s, at the height of the prison-building boom, a prison opened in rural America every 15 days. "Prison Town, USA" tells the story of Susanville, California, one small town that tries to resuscitate its economy by building a prison — with unanticipated consequences....Nestled in the picturesque foothills of the California Sierras, Susanville once thrived on logging, ranching and agriculture. Today the Susanville area hosts three prison complexes housing more than 11,000 inmates, with plans for more to come. The inmate population is more than one-and-a-half times the number of local residents...."Prison Town, USA" follows the fortunes of people and families in Susanville over the course of two years. Among those pertrayed are: a laid-off mill worker turned guard; a tenacious dairy owner fighting to retain his contract with the prison; a man on parole who can't find a job to support his family; local businessmen who were given false hopes; and prison-boosting politicians....The resulting story is one of hard choices and unanticipated consequences. As Susanville's good-hearted country-boys-turned-prison-guards soon learn, life outside the walls is developing eerie parallels to life on the inside. Access available to the MSU community and other subscribers. 

Prisoners of Age.   Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2004.  1 DVD videodisc (50 min) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV9469 .P754 2004 VideDVD : Raising complex and timely questions about the warehousing of America's prison population, this program accompanies photographer Ron Levine on his mission to depict the physical, emotional, and psychological conditions of aging inmates--including those near death. Levine focuses his work on Alabama's Hamilton Institute for the Age and Infirm, the first prison created specifically for elderly convicts.

Private Prisons (Crime File) Produced by the Police Foundation ; producer, Christopher Koch ; director W.P. Fowler. Rockville, Md. : National Institute of Justice, 1986. 1 VHS videocassette (29 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV9304 .P758 1986 Videocassette : A discussion of the pros and cons of allowing private business to own and operate prison systems for the government.

Probation (Crime File)  Produced by the Police Foundation ; producer, Christopher Koch ; director W.P. Fowler. Rockville, Md. : National Institute of Justice, 1986. 1 VHS videocassette (29 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV9278 .P763 1986 Videocassette : A discussion of the concern about the number of convicted felons on probation and the heavy workloads of probation officers.

Profits of Punishment / Australian Film Finance Corporation ; a Paradigm Pictures production ; produced in association with SBS Independent ; directed and co-produced by Catherine Scott ; produced by Pat Fiske. Brooklyn, N.Y. : First Run/Icarus Films, 2000, ©2001. 1DVD  videodisc (52 min.) : digital, sound, color.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV9469 .P76 2001 VideoDVD  : Tough new sentencing laws across the U.S. are resulting in an influx of prisoners, creating massive overcrowding. Many States are responding to this crisis by contracting out the management and liability of prisoners to private multi-national corporations....The business of prisons has become a new, powerful industry. Recession proof, these companies, such as Wackenhut Corrections Corp., have seen record rises in their stock prices. In the era of 'Law and Order' and 'Zero Tolerance,' Profits of Punishment explores a relationship between government and business that affects every American - the business of incarceration....Is this creating a market driven incentive to lock more people up and for longer periods of time? Are prisoners now commodities to be traded on the stock exchange?...Profits of Punishment looks at these questions, and critics of the system discuss why they feel governments are not looking more seriously for alternatives that might prevent crime and reduce prison populations.  More information.

Prohibition / a production of Florentine Films and WETA Television ; written by Geoffrey C. Ward ; produced by Sarah Botstein, Lynn Novick and Ken Burns ; directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Culver City, Calif. : PBS Home Video, c2011.  3 DVD videodiscs (ca. 360 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV5089 .P9645 2011 VideoDVD  discs 1-3 :  Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, Prohibition tells the story of the rise, rule and fall of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The film starts with the early history of alcohol in America and examines the 19th-century temperance and progressive movements through the repeal of the 18th Amendment in 1933. This 6-hour, three part documentary also includes over 2 hours of bonus content.

Prohibition  : thirteen years that changed America / History Channel ; director, Clive Maltby ; producer, Charlotte Moore ; writer, Marius Brill ; produced by Atlantic Productions for BBC Wales and A&E Network.  New York, NY : A & E Home Video : A & E Television Network : Distributed in the U.S. by New Video, 2002.  3 DVD videodiscs (150 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV5089 .P964 2002 VideoDVD : Examines the history of the United States during the time of Prohibition, including why the 18th Amendment passed, the ways of bootleggers and gangsters, and the development of jazz.

Project X: The Castration Experiment / Eye for Justice 4.   Directed by Stephen Trombley; produced by Bruce Eadie.  2000.  51 minutes.  Streaming video from Filmakers Library : Since 1996, six American states have voted in legislation to castrate sex offenders, either physically or chemically. Is it treatment, or punishment? Or is it both?...Castration has been tried many times in Europe and the United States over the past century. In the present experiment, states are trying to save money. To reduce prison bills, castrated rapists and pedophiles are being released back into the community. Will the public be safe?...Many doctors, rape survivors and prosecutors think not. If rapists are motivated more by power than sex, then castration may lead them to commit even more violent sexual assaults, including mutilation and murder. This uncompromising documentary takes a tough look at a tough subject.  Access available to the MSU community and other subscribers. 

Protect and Serve : De-Policing in Urban Neighborhoods / Films for the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2001.  DVD.  23 minutes.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV8141 .P74 2006 VideoDVD  : Beset with the catchphrase "racial profiling," police in many American cities have responded with their own terminology: "selective disengagement," "tactical detachment," and the code NC/NC —"no contact, no complaints."  In this program, ABC News anchor Ted Koppel reports on how police are moving from active to passive law enforcement in the wake of controversy, resulting in a spike of violent crimes. His discussion panel includes Keith Fangman, president of the Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police; Reverend Damon Lynch III, president of Cincinnati’s Black United Front; and Larry Gossett, the only African-American member of Seattle’s King County Metropolitan Council.

A Question of Evidence : the O.J. Simpson Hearing / [presented by] Court TV ; producer, Peter Aronson.  [Orland Park, Ill.] : MPI Home Video [distributor], c1994.  1 VHS videocassette (51 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, GV939.S47 Q84 1994 Videocassette : Presents testimony by key witnesses to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to send O.J. Simpson to trial. Shows Court TV broadcast excerpts from the preliminary hearing before Judge Kathleen Kennedy Powell. Includes defense attorneys Gerald Uelman and Robert Shapiro, and prosecutors William Hodgman and Marcia Clark.

Quiet rage : the Stanford prison experiment / Stanford Instructional Television Network.  [Stanford, CA] : Stanford University [distributor], c1988.  1 videodisc (50 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in (DVD).  Kline Digital and Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6089 .Q854 1988 VideoDVD : Discusses a prison simulation experiment conducted in 1971 with students at Stanford University and considers the causes and effects that make prisons such an emotional issue. Documentary includes new film, flashback editing, follow-ups 20-years later, and an original music score; reveals the chronology of the transition of good into evil, of normal into the abnormal.


Note: Many of the crime files also have accompaning print guides which are available in government documents.


Selected Documentaries, R

Race to Execution  / Produced by Lioness Media Arts, Inc. ; a co-production with the Independent Television Service and a co-presentation with National Black Programming Consortium ; producers, Jim Lopes, Rachel Lyon ; writer, Christine Intagliata ; directed by Rachel Lyon ; a film by Rachel Lyon. [New York, N.Y.] : Distributed by Filmakers Library, c2006. 1 DVD videodisc (54 min.)  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV9950 .R334 2006 VideoDVD : Follows the cases of two death row inmates to examine the problem of race discrimination in the U.S. criminal justice system, particularly with regard to death penalty sentencing. 

Race to Execution / a Lioness Media Arts Production, Directed and produced by Rachel V. Lyon.  2007.  54 minutes.  Streaming video from Filmakers Library  :  A gripping documentary that offers a compelling investigation of America’s death penalty, probing how race discrimination infects our capital punishment system. The film neither advocates nor repudiates the death penalty; instead, it enlarges the conversation regarding capital punishment, focusing attention on race-of-jury as well as race-of-victim....Research reveals that our justice system is far worse than arbitrary and capricious; it has deteriorated significantly in the last twenty years. Highlighted is a well-documented indicator of this trend - the higher value placed on the lives of white victims. Once a victim’s body is discovered, the race of the victim and the accused deeply influence the legal process: from how a crime scene is investigated, to the deployment of police resources, to the interrogation and arrest of major suspects, to how media portrays the crime, and, ultimately, jury selection and sentencing....The film traces the fates of two death row inmates: Robert Tarver in Russell County, Alabama, and Madison Hobley in Chicago. Their compelling personal stories are enlarged and enriched by attorneys who fought for these men’s lives, and by prosecutors, criminal justice scholars, and experts in the fields of law and the media. These varied voices contribute to a thoughtful examination of the factors that influence who lives and who dies at the hands of the state. While recent death penalty documentaries have focused on innocence and the wrongfully accused, "Race to Execution" tackles a more difficult, more complex issue: the prevalence and influence of racial bias in capital punishment cases.  Access available to the MSU community and other subscribers. 

Racial Profiling / ABC News Productions.  New York, N.Y. : NBC News Productions ; Kisco, N.Y. : Distributed by Human Relations Media, c2004.  1 VHS videocassette (41 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. 1 teacher's guide (18 p. ; 22 cm.)  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV7936.R3 R33 2004 Videocassette : The issue of racial profiling of minorities by police is highly-charged with legal, political, ethical and social implications. This report examines the issue from the points of view of ordinary black Americans, the police and social scientists. (shown in ISS335: Race and Justice)

Racial profiling and law enforcement : America in black and white / [produced by] ABC News.  Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, c2008.  1 DVD videodisc (44 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV8141 .R33 2008 VideoDVD   (Also available in VHS format): Focuses on racial profiling in law enforcement, investigating the issue from the victim's point of view as well as through the eyes of the police.  Originally broadcast as a 1998 segment of Nightline's series, America in Black and White

Raising Hell: The Life of A.J. Bannister / Eye for Justice 2.  Directed by Stephen Trombley; produced by Bruce Eadie.  2000.  27 minutes.  Streaming video from Filmakers Library  :  This is a contemporary story of crime and punishment in the Midwest. It tells the story of death-row inmate Alan (A.J.) Bannister, who killed a man in a trailer park in a struggle over a gun. The film reconstructs his troubled life from his childhood in a rural, working class community in central Illinois, where he was a good student and active in sports, to his gradual descent into a life of petty crime...In his three years of researching the case, the filmmaker uncovered startling new evidence that the killing was not a contract killing, as the prosecution asserted, but second degree murder, which would not carry the death sentence. Raising Hell approaches a tense climax as A.J.'s execution date is set. As the day approaches, the viewer is taken inside the death watch cell to experience the countdown. His wife and mother, his friends, the film crew and prison staff have made their final preparations when A.J. is granted a stay of execution, two hours before he is scheduled to die.  Access available to the MSU community and other subscribers. 

Rape : Face to Face / Produced by KCTS/TV.  1985. 58 minutes.  Streaming video from Filmakers Library  :  This highly charged documentary examines the causes and consequences of rape, one of the fastest growing crimes in America. It includes an emotional confrontation between rapists and victims of rape (though not by these particular men). The women reveal the depth of the trauma they sustained. The men, who are in therapy at the Washington State Hospital, seem surprised at the deep emotional wounds that the women experienced. The documentary provides an understanding of the thought processes and behavior patterns of violent sex offenders....The program implies that the complex issue of rape is inextricably bound to the value our society places on power, status and the role of women. Suggested audience: psychology, sociology, counseling, rape crisis centers, hospitals, women's groups. Access available to the MSU community and other subscribers.

Rapists : Can They Be Stopped?  / Produced by John Zaritsky. 1989.  56 minutes.  Streaming video from Filmakers Library  : This powerful video focuses on participants in a program at Oregon State Hospital aimed at rehabilitating sex offenders. This is done by a variety of means. One method is aversion therapy, employed to turn off the men's appetite for brutality. They are shown pornography, and when aroused they are given negative reinforcement. Another method is to confront them with former victims, forcing them to come to grips with the pain they have inflicted. Some are given drugs to decrease sexual desire.Very few graduates of the program have become repeat offenders. Access available to the MSU community and other subscribers.

Reefer Madness / Off Color films presents ; a G and H production ; original story Lawrence Meade ; screenplay, Arthur Hoerl ; directed by Louis Gasnier ; produced by George A. Hirliman ; based on the original creative concept by Jared T. Sandrew.  [San Diego, Calif.] : Legend Films, c2004.  1 DVD videodisc (65 min.) : sd., col. and b&w; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West,  PN1995.9.M283 R444 2002 VideoDVD : A campy cult favorite, released as a propaganda film meant to scare America's youth off drugs. Includes all new colorized version and restored original B&W version and bonus features.

Remembering Bonnie and Clyde (1994)  / produced by Turquoise Film/Video Productions.  [S.l. : s.n., c1994 (Lexington, KY : Manufactured by Amazon.com kydr, [2011?])  1 DVD-R videodisc (58 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6245 .R45 2011 VideoDVD : When the "Roaring Twenties" ended with a crash, the dark clouds of depression covered the body and soul. It reduced many of American's solid citizens to desperate people who would do anything they could to survive. Shanty towns, bread lines and riding the rails were common sights. Banks closed in many towns and cities, farmers were willing to go almost any place to improve their lives, even a little bit. The "dust bowl" certainly added to their misery, against this dark curtain a different kind of hero captured the imagination of many Americans. Desperados such as John Dillinger and Babyface Nelson drove through the Midwest robbing banks and gas stations. They were involved in wild "shoot-outs" with the law which captured newspaper headlines across the nation and a public following that rivaled movie stars and sports heroes. They became idols of sorts to the common man because they represented the law of survival. Leaving several dead men in their wake, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker had a career that lasted a little more than two years and yet, history has judged them to be two of the most fascinating criminals of that era. This video documentary is the factual story of Bonnie and Clyde as remembered by those people who knew them as family, friends, acquaintances and eye-witnesses to their escapades. This is their story as told by historians who have researched the facts to separate them from the fiction that seems to have followed Bonnie and Clyde as time goes by. This is the true story of Bonnie and Clyde; a twisted tale of love, family and violence.

Repeat Offenders (Crime File)  Rockville, MD : National Institute of Justice, [1985?] 1 VHS videocassette (28min.) : sd., col.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV8708 .R46 1985 Videocassette : Discusses the probabilities involved in the repeat offense.

Restitution and Community Service (Crime File) / The Police Foundation.  Rockville, Md. : National Institute of Justice, 1986. 1 VHS videocassette (29 min.);  color.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, KF1328 .R47 1986 Videocassette : Discusses the idea of providing restitution to the victim or doing community service projects as an alternative to paying a fine, probation, or imprisonment for the punishment of a crime.

Revealing Hate / [presented by] Indixpix Films and Cactus Three ; produced and directed by Mariah Wilson.  New York : INDIEPIX, 2010, c2009.  1 DVD videodisc (56 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, E184.A1 R484 2010 VideoDVD : This gripping documentary blends now familiar archival footage of KKK rallies with images of white supremacists still active today and includes some rare and explosive footage of the now infamous Greensboro massacre. Using in-depth interviews with eyewitnesses and survivors, the film tells the stories of those who have prosecuted, photographed, protested, infiltrated, and even participated in hate groups, shedding light on these philosophies that continue to run deep within the fringes of our society.  Trailer.   Cover

The "Rodney King" Case : What the Jury Saw in CA v. Powell  / Courtroom Television Network ; producers, Peter Aronson, Kristin Jeanette-Meyers ; director, Dominic Palumbo. [Oak Forest, Ill.] : MPI Home Video, c1992. 1 VHS videocassette (116 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV7993 .R64 1992 Videocassette (2) : Presents the key portions of both the prosecution and defense cases. Condenses 150 hours of gavel-to-gavel coverage and includes the 81 second amateur videotape which recorded the events that occurred during the evening of March 3, 1991.


Note: Many of the crime files also have accompaning print guides which are available in government documents.


Selected Documentaries, S

Saginaw rising / Great Lakes E Films ; produced by Ziggy Kozicki and Stephanie Baiyasi-Kozicki.  1 videodisc (138 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  F574.S15 S35563 2012 VideoDVD : Saginaw Rising is a collection of interviews and meetings recorded between October 2011 and December 2012 time in Saginaw, Michigan, which is listed by the FBI as one of the most violent cities in the United States. It includes excerpts taken at the Defending Childhood Conference in Detroit, and an interview with Dr. Gary Slutkin, the founder and executive director of CeaseFire. According to Dr. Zigmond Kozicki, one of the producers of the film, "This movie uses the words of Saginaw residents to describe the effect of violence. Experts outline a strategy for overcoming the contagious virus-like violence in Saginaw."

The Scene of the Crime / Presented by Lína ; producer, Alain Dhènaut ; written by Patrick Pesnot and Alain Dhénaut.  Princeton, N.J. : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1999. 1 VHS videocassette (54 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.  MSU Law Library Reserve VIDEO S : Discovers how new technology impacts the modern time material evidence identification processes for forensic scientists. The contributions of Reiss and Locard to crime scene analysis, along with Godart's role in the 1927 Sacco and Vanzetti investigation, provide another vital factor in the success of crime investigation. 

Scenes of a Crime  / New Box Productions presents a film by Grover Babcock and Blue Hadaegh.   Los Angeles, Calif.] : New Box Productions, c2012.  1 DVD videodisc (88 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV8073.3 .S34 2012 VideoDVD  : Explores a nearly 10-hour interrogation that culminates in a disputed confession, and an intense, high-profile child murder trial in New York state. “Through a recent video-recorded police interrogation, the film examines the role that lies, promises of leniency, minimization, and fact-feeding play in extracting a murder confession that runs contrary to overwhelming medical evidence. “Just as forcefully, the film presents the jury’s perilous duty in determining a verdict in a confession case without expert testimony on police interrogations. Trailer

Science in the Courtroom / A film by Alain Dhénaut ; [presented by] L'INA ; une coproduction Institut National de L'Audiovisuel ... [et al.] ; en association avec La Cinquième ; avec la participation du Centre National de la Cinématographie ... [et al.] ; written by Patrick Pesnot and Alain Dhénaut ; realísation, Alain Dhénaut.  Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, c1999. 1 VHS videocassette (54 min.); color.  MSU Law Library Reserve VIDEO S : Genetic experts examine the ability of lucomalakite green to obtain DNA samples from minute quantities of bodily fluids and discuss the RFLP and PCR tests used to analyze them. Also examines ballistics, soil and glass analysis as well as the 1992 Arizona case that used genetic profile of tree residue on a vehicle to bring about a conviction. 

Search and Seizure (Crime File)  Rockville, MD : National Institute of Justice, [1985?] 1 VHS videocassette (29min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6789 .S437 1985 Videocassette : Uses dramatization of arrests and a panel of experts to discuss what are and are not legal search and seizure techniques. 

Secrets of the Dead. Executed in Error    [United States] : PBS Home Video, 2008.  1 DVD videodisc (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, KD8464 .E94 2008 VideoDVD  :  In 1910, an American doctor named Hawley Crippen (from Coldwater, Michigan) was convicted in England of poisoning and dismembering his wife. The vicious murder—and execution that followed—made international headlines. It was a landmark case: The first trial by media, and the first to be dominated by forensic science. But did the prosecutors get it right? Almost one hundred years later, investigators have re-opened the files on a murder that became known as one of the crimes of the century.  David Foran from MSU examined the evidence and reveals his conclusions.  Also available free as streaming video from PBS.

A Sentence Apart  / a film by Theo Rigby & Jason Sussberg ; produced in the Documentary Film and Video M.F.A. Program, Department Art & Art History, Stanford University. [Harriman, NY] : [Distributed by] New Day Films, [c2010]   1 DVD videodisc (ca. 12 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West,  HV8886.U5 S466 2010 VideoDVD : The U.S.A. imprisons more people, per capita, than any country in the world. Behind 2.4 million prisoners lies an infinite ripple effect of incarceration on the family and community. A Sentence Apart follows three stories of people coping with a family member in prison, attempting to bridge broken relationships, and diligently working to reverse the generational cycle of incarceration. Tenea is a high school senior whose father has been in and out of jail for her entire life, while Linda Williams makes a 20-hour bus trip to visit her youngest daughter, who is serving a 68 year sentence. Cheyanne is 16 years old and can remember only one birthday that her dad attended. Soon after her father gets out of jail, Cheyanne confronts him about the emotional toll incarceration has taken on her. These intimate and moving stories start to scratch the surface of the complex toll incarceration takes on the world outside of the prison walls..  Trailer.

A Sentence for Two  / produced & directed by Randi Jacobs.; written by Randi Jacobs & Dee Dixon.  [Oregon?] : Angels Flight Productions in partnership with Film Action Oregon, c2008.  1 DVD videodisc (58 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.   MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West,   HV8738 .S46 2008 VideoDVD : The film contrasts the stories of prison inmates who are forced to give their newborn baby up with a prison nursery where infants spend the first year of life alongside their mothers.  More information.

Sentencing (Crime File)  Produced by the Police Foundation ; directed by Joseph Camp ; producer, Susan Edelson. Rockville, MD : National Institute of Justice, [1985?]  1 VHS videocassette (28 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, KF9685 .S467 1985 Videocassette : Discusses various aspects of sentencing procedures in criminal cases.

Sex crimes unit  / Jackson Films ; produced and directed by Lisa F. Jackson ; co-producer, Jennifer Ollman ; editor, Christina Kaufman.  [New York?] : HBO Documentary Films in association with Jackson Films Inc., c2011.    2011  1DVD  videodisc (87 min.) : sc., col. ; 4 3/4 in.. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6568.N5 S49 2011 VideoDVD : An unprecedented look inside the New York District Attorneys office at the first and preeminent unit in the country dedicated to the prosecution of rape and sexual assault. Directed by Emmy Award and Sundance Jury Prize winner Lisa F Jackson, the film examines the shocking legal history of injustice towards rape survivors; observes the process of investigation conducted by the Unit every day; tracks through trial the case of a prostitute who dared cry rape, and follows the inspiring story of one survivor’s 16-year journey to justice.

Sexual Harassment 9 to 5  / Stefan Moore ; directed by Tony Marshall ; executive producer, Steven Weinstock. Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities, c1988. 1 VHS videocassette (25 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HD6060.5.U5 S498 1988 Videocassette : Looks at the legal and human side of sexual harassment in the workplace, portraying women whose lives were deeply affected by it. Shows the rights of women, the responsibilities of male workers and the companies which employ them, and some corporate efforts to help employees distinguish between romance, harassment, and sexual extortion. Discusses the changing laws regarding sexual harassment in the workplace and how companies are responding and complying with them.

Shakespeare Behind Bars  / produced by Philomath Films ; in association with the Independent Television Service and the BBC ; Hank Rogerson, director and writer ; Jilann Spitzmiller, producer. Los Angeles, CA : Shout! Factory, c2006. 1 DVD videodisc (93 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, PN3161 .S5354 2006 VideoDVD : Convicted felons at Kentucky's Luther Luckett Correctional Complex rehearse for the Shakespearean production, The Tempest, as part of the Shakespeare Behind Bars Program. The play's underlying theme of forgiveness parallels themes of transformation and redemption in the lives of the prisoners.

The Siege at Ruby Ridge  / Victor TV Productions, Inc. ; a production of Edgar J. Scherick Associates in association with the Regan Company ; written by Lionel Chetwynd ; produced by Robert F. Phillips ; directed by Roger Young.   Culver City, CA : Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment, 2005.  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 177 min.) : sd., col.; 4 3/4in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, PN1995.9.J8 S54 2005 VideoDVD : On August 22, 1992, 400 Federal agents armed with rifles, choppers and tanks, surrounded the Ruby Ridge, Idaho, cabin of White Supremacist Randy Weaver (Randy Quaid, Independence Day). When Weaver resists a Federal arrest warrant, the U.S. Government declared war on the separatist and his family. Following an 11-day standoff that left his wife (Laura Dern, Wild at Heart) and son (Bradley Pierce, Jumanji) dead, Weaver surrendered and inexplicably was brought to trial on trumped-up murder and conspiracy charges, in this Emmy© nominated docudrama based on the real-life events that shocked a nation. Co-starring Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man) and Diane Ladd (TV's Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital)..

The Silent Scream.  Produced by RTE.  1994.  30 minutes.  Streaming video from Filmakers Library : This unusually sensitive film is a powerful reminder that adults must take children seriously if they hint that something is amiss at home. Abusers often silence children by telling them they will not be believed or threatening them with dire consequences....This was the case with the Kavanagh sisters whose hesitant attempts to seek help fell on deaf ears. It still amazes the sisters today that in their crowded household of ten children their father found private corners to sexually molest them. Even their mother had many blind spots concerning her husband, not wishing to look too closely....These painful stories of repeated abuse are interwoven with poems and drawings of other sexually abused children. As grown women the Kavanagh's found the strength to come forward and prosecute their father in a court of law. They cannot forgive the man who took their childhood away from them, but at least the healing process has begun.

Sin by Silence /  a Quiet Little Place production ; a film by Olivia Klaus.   New York : Women Make Movies, c2009.  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 49 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6626.2 .S543 2009 VideoDVD : Inside the California Institution for Women, the first inmate initiated and led group in U.S. prison history, shatters the misconceptions of domestic violence....Convicted Women Against Abuse (CWAA) was created in 1989 to help women inside prison break the silence about abuse and learn more about what they needed to do to help others stop the cycle of violence....Instead of fighting a system that does not fully comprehend the complexities of abuse, the women of CWAA led an initiative to help educate the system. Through careful orchestration of letter writing campaigns, media coverage, and senate hearings a movement was born and laws for battered women were changed. And for the founder of CWAA, the flicker of hope begins to grow as her possible freedom, after 26 years in prison, lies moments away.    Trailer..

Since : the Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 / Dark Hollow Films ; produced by Phil Furey and Spencer Averick; edited by Spencer Averick; written, composed, and directed by Phil Furey.  [California] : Dark Hollow Films, [2016]  1 DVD videodisc (84 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6626.2 .  HV6431 .S554 2016 VideoDVD  : "On December, 21, 1988, 270 people were murdered when a terrorist bomb destroyed Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. This extraordinary new feature-length documentary tells the heart-wrenching story of these first American victims of terrorism, who proved that ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary feats in the wake of politically fueled mass murder."

Skinheads USA : the Pathology of Hate : Soldiers of the Race War   / Produced and directed by Shari Cookson ; co-producer, Marianne Norton.  Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, c1996. 1 VHS videocassette (54 min.)  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6439.U5 S58 1996 Videocassette : A close-up look at white-supremacist skinhead hate groups active in the United States. Covers an actual neo-Nazi skinhead organization's day-to-day activities at its headquarters, white power rallies and recruitment drives, and visits a prison where four skinheads are jailed for the murder of a black man.

Slippin' : ten years with the Bloods / Slippin' Entertainment ; a film by Tommy Sowards & Joachim Schroeder ; produced, written and directed by Tommy Sowards and Joachim Schroeder. New York, NY : Kino International, p2007.  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 84 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6439.U5 S55 2007 VideoDVD : Gang members themselves from Los Angeles guide us through their world, explaining how graffitti tags work, their use of rap music, and their fascination with and choice of weapons; and they bring us into their social/family life, for instance -- and hilarious -- when " Low Down " Lemar takes a job as a court summons deliverer and when Jumbo and his Mom get into it, and so on. It also greived me at places: the death of " CK " (Crip Killer) Mike, the overall waste of Human potential and misguided leadership ability plaguing inner city areas like South Central, and the incessant and nihilistic preoccupation with killing and being killed, all made real in a world, their world, where it seems that you must kill or be killed, living and dying by the nines, by the glocks,and by the crack that will never know your name. But Jumbo's and a few others' survival -- and, in some cases, transformation -- heartened me.

Sold American  / a documentary film by Richard Boehm.  Costa Mesa, Calif. : Dark Hollow Films ; Richard Boehm Films, [2010]  1 DVD videodisc (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV5822.M3 S66 2010 VideoDVD : In the late 1970's and early 1980's, a new set of pioneers came to Mendocino, Humboldt, and Nevada Counties in California.  Within just a few years, they would prove to have as great an effect on the state and nation's agriculture, economy, and culture as their more famous contemporaries, the vintners to the south. SOLD AMERICAN is their story....This documentary reveals the methods, self-sufficient and often very basic lifestyles, motivations, fetes, risks, and economics of the secretive colony of first-generation growers of high-grade cannabis for the market. Plus, interviews with law enforcement, government officials, and local townspeople offer a variety of perspectives on their presence. What emerges is an insightful and often funny account of how lawbreakers, law enforcement, and the community in between deal with each other....SOLD AMERICAN is the reality, without the haze of nostalgia or justifications in hindsight, but of great significance to our world of medical marijuana, decriminalization, and proposals for legalization and taxation.

Stories from The Riverside : Women Jailed for Killing Their Abusers / Produced by Susanne Mason.  1994.  30 minutes.  Streaming video from the Filmakers Library : This documentary visits Gatesville Penitentiary in Texas, where three female inmates convicted of murder and serving sentences ranging from 25 to 40 years describe the domestic violence that would eventually bring them to prison. Sonia, Brenda and Lee Ann relate in their own words stories of the isolation and fear that bound them to their threatening husbands. From their stories, a pattern of violence emerges, creating, in effect, a portrait of family violence in America today....Combined with analysis by experts on domestic violence and the law, this film shows the difficulties victims of abuse have escaping the cycle of violence. It challenges our attitudes towards the victim who acts in violent self-defense.

A Stranger in Our Home / by Melanie Wood.  2000.  51 minutes.  Streaming video from the Filmakers Library : This gripping documentary exposes the alarming rise of sexual predators on the Internet. In this fast growing criminal arena, one in five young people with Internet access are sexually approached on the web. The predators slip silently into homes, assuming false identites to attract their unsuspecting victims....A Stranger in Our Home tells the disturbing tale of two teenagers. Believing he was exploring sexuality with another 13-year old boy, Daniel shared all his secrets with his online friend. In reality he was talking to a 59-year-old pedophile who eventually persuaded him to leave his family in Canada and meet him in the U.S. In another example, Stephanie agreed to meet her teenage boyfriend in a motel parking lot after establishing an Internet relationship with him. He turned out to be a married man in his 40’s with children. These cases become even more frightening when we hear details of such stalking from the confession of a jailed pedophile. The police are having a difficult time catching up with these virtual criminals.  Access available to the MSU community and other subscribers. 

Street People (Crime File)  / Produced by the Police Foundation ; producer, Christopher Koch ; director W.P. Fowler. Rockville, Md. : National Institute of Justice, 1986. 1 VHS videocassette (28 min., 30 sec.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV4506 .S77 1986 Videocassette : A discussion of what legal action can be taken to alleviate the problem of homeless street people. Focus is on the city of Santa Barbara, California.

The strength to resist  : media's impact on women & girls / produced and directed by Margaret Lazarus [and] Renner Wunderlich.  Cambridge, Mass. : Cambridge Documentary Films, [2005].   1 DVD videodisc (33 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West,  HF5827.85 .S76 2005 VideoDVD : A documentary about the fight against the toxic and degrading messages to women and girls that dominate the media. The film presents the leading authorities in the fields of psychology of women and girls, eating disorders, gender studies, violence against women, and media literacy -- and focuses their ideas on practical solutions and the best tactics for reclaiming our culture. (shown in CJ425: Women and Criminal Justice)

Svetlana's Journey  [Los Angeles, CA] : Journey Film Group, 2008. 3 DVD videodiscs (ca. 133 min.)  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HQ281 .H864 2008 VideoDVD 1-3    :  A compelling documentary unveils the dark underworld of sex trafficking through compelling interviews with some of the country's top officials on the subject, victims' advocates and victims themselves. Disc 1: Cargo: innocence lost (73 min.) -- Disc 2. Svetlana's journey (40 min.) -- Disc 3. Human trafficking training module (20 min.)
Cargo: innocence lost is a documentary exploring sexual slavery in the U.S. and features interviews with top officials on the subject, victims' advocates, and victims themselves.
Based on a true story, Svetlana's Journey tells the story of a 13 year old Bulgarian girl who is held captive for eight months after being sold to pimps by her adopted parents.
Human trafficking training module is a documentary designed to train public safety professionals on the crime of human trafficking and how it may be disguised in their jurisdictions.


Note: Many of the crime files also have accompaning print guides which are available in government documents.


Selected Documentaries, T

Target Mafia  / Osterland Company ; David Royle Productions ; in association with Arts & Entertainment Networks ; Producers-directors, David Osterlund, Edward Gray, David Meyer, David Royle.  New York : A & E Home Video, 2001, c1993. 2 videodiscs (dvd); 250 minutes.   MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, PN1995.9.D6 M35 2001 VideoDVD : Originally broadcast as a series on the television program: "American Justice" ; original series title: "Target Mafia."  Part of the American Justice series.
Contents Disc 1. The Prohibition years/Birth of the American Mafia -- The Kennedys and the Mob -- Disc 2. Unions and the Mob -- Empire of crime
Also listed as Mafia : The History of the Mob in America.    

Tea & Justice : NYPD's 1st Asian Women Officers / A film by Ermena Vinluan. Women Make Movies, 2010. DVD. 55 minutes. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West,  HV8023 .T433 2010 VideoDVD :This documentary chronicles the experiences of three women who joined the New York Police Department during the 1980s—the first Asian women to become members of a force that was largely white and predominantly male. In this award-winning documentary, Officer Trish Ormsby and Detectives Agnes Chan and Christine Leung share their fascinating stories about careers and personal lives, as well as satisfactions and risks on the job, the stereotypes they defied, and how they persevered. ...Intrigued by the image of Asian women in a non-traditional profession, filmmaker Ermena Vinluan explores her own mixed feelings about cops while honoring the challenges Ormsby, Chan and Leung embraced, and the far-reaching changes they helped bring about. Interviews with ordinary New Yorkers, leading advocates of law enforcement reform, and anti-police abuse activists consider proposed changes in police culture and explain how women’s preventive policing style, based on communication, contrasts with more reactive, physically forceful methods used by men. Humorous cartoons, lively graphics depicting cultural icons of strong Asian women, and original music enhance this nuanced study of race, gender, and power. Cover.

Tell-Tale Bodies  / A film by Alain Dhénaut ; [presented by] L'INA ; une coproduction Institut National de L'Audiovisuel ... [et al.] ; en association avec La Cinquième ; avec la participation du Centre National de la Cinématographie ... [et al.] ; written by Patrick Pesnot and Alain Dhénaut ; realísation, Alain Dhénaut.  Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, c1999. 1 videocassette (54 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in.  MSU Law Library Reserve VIDEO T : Examines ways microscopy, entomology, dental records, and facial reconstruction help police solve crimes.]

Terrorism, Target America  / Barbara Newman Productions, Inc. in association with Arts & Entertainment Network. New York, NY : A & E Home Video, 1993. 1 VHS videocassette (50 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6431 .T4776 1993 Videocassette :  This segment uncovers frightening evidence of terrorist networks within the United States. In this shocking video, we gain exclusive access inside radical Palestinian groups in Detroit and Los Angeles, as well as the U.S. enclave of the Islamic Jihad, the terrorist group responsible for holding the American hostages in Beirut. This special report also portrays how the FBI has effectively shut down potential terrorist activities in recent years through special agent training in Quantico, Virginia. 

The Test : A Death Row Drama / Produced and written by Paula J. Caplan, Directed by Mark Harris , Cast: Keith Mascoll, Ricardo Pitts-Wiley and Roxanne Mascoll.  2006.  20 minutes.  Streaming video from Filmakers Library : This film was inspired by the true story of two African -American men on death row. The younger man, Bradley, is learning to read in prison, coached by Cleveland, who uses the Bible as a primer. Bradley is about to undergo an IQ test. If the test proves he is retarded, his life would be spared....Bradley, who has been humiliated all his life for being "stupid" is tragically conflicted about deliberately failing the test, which would save his life. Didn't his mother always urge him to try his best? Cleveland's desperate attempt to make him "fail" drives the drama.

The Thin Blue Line (1988) / an American Playhouse presentation ; an Errol Morris film ; produced by Mark Lipson ; directed by Errol Morris.  Santa Monica, CA : Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment, 2005.  1 DVD videodisc (102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West,PN1995.9.D4 T55 2005 VideoDVD : This landmark award-winning documentary, which revolutionized the form and helped acquit an innocent man of murder, came about almost by accident. Errol Morris intended to travel to Texas to make a film about the criminal-psychiatry expert James Grigson, or "Dr. Death" as he came to be known for his frequent testimony against defendants, who were often then sent to death row. When Morris discovered that the doctor was involved in the trial of Randall Dale Adams, a man who, it seemed, had been falsely accused of the highway murder of a police officer, he decided that Adams's story was the real one to tell. Morris's innovative use of repeated dramatization, multiple points of view, talking-head and phone interviews, and symbolism--in concert with Philip Glass's haunting music--establishes that a combination of communitarian zeal and overly eager testimony persuaded the jury to find Adams, a "drifter" from the Midwest, guilty of the crime, instead of his underage (and, for the death penalty, ineligible) acquaintance, David Harris, who had a criminal record. The "thin blue line" of police officers separating the public from chaos--as the judge, quoting the D.A. in the case, has it--destabilizes in Morris's world and puts people at risk of injustice as often as it protects them. After serving time for a sentence commuted to life imprisonment, Adams was freed, making Errol Morris his most talented advocate. 

Three Domestics directed by John Marshall (Documentary Educational Resources, 1971) 30 mins.  Available online to the MSU Community as part of Ethnographic Video Online : This film shows Pittsburgh police intervening in three domestic situations: (1) A woman wants the police to remove the man she has been living with in common law. They arrange for his arrest on an assault and battery charge; (2) A woman accuses her boyfriend of beating her and the man accuses her of lying. The police remove the man with some difficulty; (3) A boisterous and drunken father is removed from his house to spend the night in jail at the insistence of his wife and older son. Throughout the sequence, the father is cared for by his younger son.

The Throwaways / Social Change in Mind Productions presents; a film by Bhawin Suchak & Ira McKinley ; produced and directed by Ira McKinley, Bhawin Suchak ; co-produced by Adele Pham, Messiah Rhodes.  New York, N. .Y : Social Change in Mind Productions, [2013]  1 videodisc (62 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 DVD-ROM (digital ; 12 cm)  HV6191 .T469 2014 VideoDVD  disc 1 VideoDVD- disc 2 DVD-ROM :  The Throwaways courageously explores the most pressing racial justice issue of our time: the mass incarceration and profiling of poor people of color.  The Throwaways is a personal exploration of the devastating impact of police brutality and mass incarceration on the black community told through the eyes of formerly incarcerated activist filmmaker Ira McKinley.  With rawness, urgency and power, this award-winning documentary film speaks directly to the national movement rising up to fight back against a wave of police killings of black people in America. -- Amidst national outrage over police brutality across the country, we look at a new film that documents police shootings and the consequences of mass incarceration in upstate New York. The Throwaways focuses on the idea that certain lives in our society are considered disposable. It follows activist and filmmaker Ira McKinley, a former felon, as he seeks to document and mobilize his community of Albany, the state capital of New York."     Trailer.

To Catch a Killer : Homicide Detectives  : Kurtis Productions, Ltd. & Tower Productions, Inc. for A&E Network ; writer/producer, Michael Husain. Burlington, VT : A&E Home Video ; New York : New Video [distributor], c2002. 1 DVD videodisc (46 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV8079.H6 T6 2002 VideoDVD : These are the elite members of any department's team, the detectives toil on the trail of today's murderers gaze into the depths of evil. Trails investigators as they solve three difficult cases. Join investigators as they uncover the clues to a grisly quadruple murder in Virginia City. Get a rare glimpse into the inner sanctum of investigation through the video interrogation of the suspects who confessed to the killings. See how a newspaper subscription helped Ohio detectives catch serial killer Tom Dillon, who shot hunters and fishermen in rural Ohio with a high-powered rifle. And meet NYPD detective Dave Carbone, who chased the murderer of a four-year-old child found dead in a Brooklyn trash compactor across the Southern United States before finally catching his man. 

Too Flawed To Fix: The Illinois Death Penalty Experience (2001) / Peace Productions presents ; produced and directed by John Lyons, Jackie Rivet-River. [Chicago, Ill.] : Peace Productions, [2003?]   1 DVD videodisc (52 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 + 1 study guide (9 p.)   MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV8698 .T66 2003 VideoDVD  disc & booklet : The many injustices of the American capital punishment system are examined and exposed in this searing documentary. Interviews with wrongfully incarcerated men, former Illinois Governor George Ryan, experts from Northwestern University's Center on Wrongful Convictions, and murder victims' family members are interwoven and form a multi-faceted argument against the state's use of capital punishment. Aired in two segments in Chicago on ABC's Sanctuary program. Presentation rights included.  Four minute excerpt.

Trafficked: Children as Sexual Slaves.  Produced and directed by Luigi Acquisto, Film Australia.  2006.   52 minutes.  Streaming video from Filmakers Library : The trafficking of women and children for prostitution is a global problem. The United Nations estimates that more than one million children are forced into sexual slavery each year. This powerful documentary follows Chris Payne, a former police officer turned private investigator, as he investigates this shocking crime....Haunted for a decade by the case of "Nikkie," a young Thai girl found working in a brothel in Sydney who was hastily deported, Payne wants to know what circumstances forced her into a brothel, and what became of her after she was returned to her own country. His search leads him back to Asia where he also meets the parents of another Thai "sex slave" whose death in an immigration detention center made headlines. This powerful documentary provides disturbing insight into the international sex trade.

Transformation of the FBI  / C-SPAN.  West Lafayette, IN : C-SPAN Archives, c2009.  1 DVD videodisc (174 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, KF27 .A664 2006 VideoDVD : The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Science, State, Justice, and Commerce and Related Agencies held a hearing on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's efforts to improve recruitment and retention, the FBI's information technology system, and collection and analysis of terrorism intelligence. Witnesses also testified about methods of improving crime and terrorism prevention, interagency cooperation and information sharing, and effective use of intelligence.

Trial By Television  / Broadcast News Networks in association with Arts & Entertainment Network ; Kurtis Productions ; producers, Caroline Sommers, Paul Gallagher ; writer/producer, Bob Harris. New York, N.Y. : A & E Home Video, 1993. 1 VHS videocassettes (46 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. MSU Law Library Reserve VIDEO T : From sensational television news coverage and "movies-of-the week" to cameras in every courtroom in American, the effect of mass audience participation during the law enforcement process poses serious questions about the outcome of criminal proceedings.

The Trial of Dr. Death : Michigan vs. Kevorkian  : [Livonia, MI] : WinStar Home Entertainment, c1994. 1 VHS videocassette (ca. 50 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.  Library of Michigan AV MICHIGAN (CIRC) R726 .T75 1994 c.2 : This trial was one of the earliest tests of any law prohibiting physician-assisted suicide.  

Tricked / G3nerations presents in association with 10KMen Productions, a film by Jane Wells, John-Keith Wasson ; directed by John-Keith Wasson, Jane Wells ; produced by Jane Wells.  [New York, N.Y.] : First Run Features, 2013.  1 DVD videodisc (74 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. HQ281 .T75 2013 VideoDVD : Modern-day slavery is alive and well in the United States as thousands of victims are trafficked throughout the country to satisfy America's $3 billion a year sex trafficking industry. Meet the pimps, the johns, the police, the parents and the victims of the thriving sex trade in Tricked, a comprehensive documentary that uncovers one of America's secrets.

TV & Violence (Crime File) / Produced by the Police Foundation. Rockville, Md : National Institute of Justice, [1985] 1 VHS videocassette (29 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HQ799.2.T4 T45 1985 Videocassette : Discusses correlation of violence on TV to criminal behavior.  

Tulia, Texas  (2007) / a film by Cassandra Herrman and Kelly Whalen ; a co-production of Cassandra Herrman and Kelly Whalen and the Independent Television Service (ITVS)  [San Francisco, Calif.] : California Newsreel, c2008.  1 DVD videodisc (54 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV8148.T85 T85 2008 VideoDVD : Through its scrupulous investigation of a landmark case, Tulia, Texas uncovers the deep-rooted assumptions about race and crime that still permeate our society and undermines our justice system. The film convincingly shows how the 'war on drugs' has become a war on due process, waged against African Americans. Today America has the largest prison population in the world; in some states as much as 15 percent of the black male population is incarcerated. Tulia, Texas shows one reason why. ...The film tells the story from multiple points of view, presenting the evidence in the order in which it came to light, putting viewers in the same position as the jury, judging the credibility of the prosecution's case. Then, as new facts surface after the trial, the audience is forced to question its own beliefs about the criminal justice system and the disproportionate number of African Americans it convicts....Tulia appears to be a typical American small town located in the Texas Panhandle. Vacant storefronts line a Main Street straight out of the 1950's, suggesting that Tulia has been left behind by the tidal economic and cultural changes of the past fifty years. It has a small African American community, known as "Black Town", originally made up of agricultural laborers, since displaced by modernization. Many local black youth are unemployed; good jobs are still closed to them and some have turned to drugs. But it was only when drug use was perceived to have "crossed the tracks" to white neighborhoods that Tulia's civic leaders became alarmed. Here, as throughout the country, black youth became scapegoats for simmering white anxiety over social forces beyond their control and comprehension....In response to drug hysteria fanned by the media and politicians, Tulia's sheriff called in a federally trained undercover agent, Tom Coleman, to conduct a sting operation. In a July 1999 dawn raid, local law enforcement rounded up dozens of people in Tulia and threw them behind bars. Of the 46 arrested, 39 of them were black, all charged with selling Coleman cocaine. Eight were prosecuted, found guilty and sentenced to unusually stiff jail terms of twenty to ninety-nine years. The rest, fearing similar punishment, agreed to plea bargains. Most had been represented by ill-prepared court appointed attorneys; the trials were quick and perfunctory; the juries convicted based on the time-honored Texas tradition of accepting the uncorroborated testimony of a law enforcement officer as proof of guilt....And there matters would have stood had it not been for a determined group of townspeople, and a crusading Amarillo defense attorney, Jeff Blackburn, who decided to take a closer look at the evidence. He discovered numerous inconsistencies in Coleman's investigation: physical descriptions of perpetrators bore no resemblance to the actual defendants, crimes were allegedly committed on days Coleman was off-duty, and sales were reported at times when defendants were at work or out of town. As discrepancies started to leak out, the case attracted national media attention; In response, a multi-racial coalition, the "Friends of Justice," was formed in Tulia. Soon, Blackburn was joined by attorneys from the NAACP and ACLU, as well as one of the top law firms in the country. The team of lawyers helped win a hearing before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to present new evidence on behalf of several defendants. The lawyers also revealed the shocking discovery that Coleman himself had a criminal record. At the time he was working in Tulia, he was wanted on a warrant for theft in another county. The Sheriff and regional narcotics taskforce covered up the charges and put Coleman back to work. In addition to his legal entanglements, Coleman, had left several towns owing merchants thousands of dollars; one community where he had worked had asked that he be removed, while fellow officers testified that he had made frequent racist comments....How could a man with such a record be empowered to put 46 people in prison, some for what amounted to life? Tulia Texas convincingly argues this was an inevitable consequence of the mass hysteria and vigilante law enforcement whipped up by the "War on Drugs." In the waning years of the Reagan administration, the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program was created to provide federal grants to special regional narcotics taskforces that partnered with local Sheriffs and police departments. Grants were renewed largely on the basis of the number of arrests, changing the strategy of law enforcement from apprehending drug kingpins to sweeps targeting low-level drug users. Undercover agents were hurriedly recruited often without background checks and sent into poor, mostly black communities. As one agent recalls, "it was all a question of numbers," a built-in mechanism for giving short shrift to due process, allowing racial stereotypes to trump reasonable doubt....As a result of the revelations about Coleman, all the defendants were eventually set free and pardoned by the Texas governor. Coleman himself was convicted of perjury, but the West Texas jury gave him only a suspended sentence. As one of the former defendants sadly observes, many white residents of Tulia will always think Coleman's targets were guilty as charged. Neither the local sheriff nor regional narcotics officials have been held accountable for hiring Coleman and robbing so many innocent people of years of their lives. The underlying prejudices and policies that made the real crimes of Tulia possible are still widespread in American society. As of 2008, despite scandals involving more than 30 taskforces, 600 operations like the one in Tulia remain. Tulia, Texas challenges viewers to question the deep ties between race, poverty and the criminal justice system in this country.  Trailer.


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Selected Documentaries, U-Z

Victims (Crime File)  Rockville, MD : National Institute of Justice, [1985?] 1 VHS videocassette (28min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6250.3.U5 V537 1985 Videocassette : Examines the victim's role in crime. 

Victims and the Media : a Seminar for Journalists   East Lansing, MI : School of Journalism, Michigan State University, [1992]. 4 videocassettes (ca.153 min.) and instructional manual.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, PN4784.C8 V53 1992 Videocassette : Demonstrates techniques for interviewing victims of crimes. [v. 1.] Covering a rape victim -- [v. 2.] Covering a murder victim's family -- [v. 3.] Covering Gulf war refugees (with Seminar epiloque) -- [v. 4.] Dr. Frank Ochberg on victimization and PTSD.

Vincent Who? / written & produced by Curtis Chin ; directed by Tony Lam.  Los Angeles, Calif.] : Asian Pacific Americans for Progress, c2009 + 1 research guide ([6] p. ; 19 cm.)  1 DVD videodisc (40 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West,HT1521 .V56 2010 VideoDVD : In 1982, Vincent Chin was beaten to death in Detroit by two white autoworkers at the height of anti-Japanese sentiments. The culprits received a $3,000 fine and 3 years probation, but no jail time. Outraged by this injustice, Asian Americans around the country galvanized to form a pan-Asian identity and civil rights movement....VINCENT WHO? explores this important legacy through interviews with the key players at the time as well as a new generation of activists impacted by Vincent Chin. It also looks at the case in relation to the larger Asian American narrative, in such events as Chinese Exclusion, Japanese American Internment, the 1992 L.A. Riots, anti-Asian hate crimes, and post-9/11 racism....Ultimately, the film asks how far Asian Americans have come since the Chin case, and how far they have yet to go.  Trailer.

War on the Family  : Mothers in Prison and the Children They Leave Behind / produced and directed by John Lyons, Jackie Rivet-River.   [Chicago] : Peace Productions, [2010]   1 DVD videodisc (ca. 48 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV8886.U5 G65 2010 VideoDVD : The drastic and destructive impact of incarcerating women is revealed in painstaking detail in War on the Family : Mothers in Prison and the Children They Leave Behind. Haunting first person narratives, coupled with analysis from passionate advocates, paint a devastatingly clear picture of the effects imprisonment has not only on the women who are locked away, but also on the children who have been left behind. Aired in 3 segments in Chicago on ABC's Sanctuary program. Presentation rights included. Excerpt.

We are legion : the story of the hacktivists / Luminant Media presents ; a film by Brian Knappenberger.  [Venice, Calif.?] : Luminant Media, 2012   1 DVD videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in  HV6773 .W4 2012 VideoDVD : A documentary that takes us inside the world of Anonymous, the radical "hacktivist" collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age. The film explores the historical roots of early hacktivist groups like Cult of the Dead Cow and Electronic Disturbance Theater and then follows Anonymous from 4chan to a full-blown movement with a global reach, one of the most transformative of our time.  Through interviews with current members, members recently returned from prison, others currently facing trial, writers, activists and major players in various "raids," WE ARE LEGION: The Story of the Hacktivists traces the collective's evolution from merry pranksters to a full-blown movement with a global reach, the most transformative civil disobedience of our time.  Trailer.

We're Here Now : Prostitution / Produced by Dawn Wieking for Family and Children's Service.  1983.  35 minutes.   Streaming video from the Filmakers Library : This film focuses on the myths and realities of prostitution as related by seven women formerly in "the life." These women are struggling to return to the mainstream of society and they meet in a group counseling session that offers mutual support and guidance. Aided by two skilled social workers, they talk candidly about personal histories, deadened emotions, distrust of human interaction and lack of self-esteem. The stories they tell - beatings, arrests, exploitation by pimps, and dependency on drugs and alcohol - stand out in sharp relief to society's image of the "happy hooker."...The film does not record the street life. Instead, it shows women coming to grips with the great problems of their lives. It demonstrates the dynamics of group therapy. For women's groups, sociology, criminal justice and psychology classes.  Access available to the MSU community and other subscribers.

We steal secrets : the story of Wikileaks / Focus World presents a Jigsaw/Global Produce production ; an Alex Gibney film ; produced by Marc Shmuger, Alex Gibney, Alexis Bloom ; written and directed by Alex Gibney. [United States] : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, c2013    1 DVD videodisc (ca. 130 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. JF1525.S4 W4 2011 VideoDVD :  From Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney comes this gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller about Julian Assange and the creation of WikiLeaks, the controversial website that facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history. Paralleling Assange’s rise and fall with that of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the troubled young soldier who leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks is a “riveting, nail-bitingly tense” (Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly), multi-layered exposé about transparency in the information age and our ever-elusive search for the truth.

What Works : [research & the police] (Crime File) / Produced by the Police Foundation ; producer, Christopher Koch ; director W.P. Fowler. Rockville, Md. : National Institute of Justice, 1986. 1 VHS videocassette (29 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6789 .W43 1986 Videocassette  : Discusses three projects designed to test the effectiveness of police methods in combatting crime and reducing disorder while treating citizens fairly and living within the police budget.

When the Bough Breaks : Children of Women in Prison / A documentary by Jill Evans Petzall and Deeds Rogers.   A presentation of the Independent Television Service {i}tvs; with additional support from Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, Missouri Arts Council, Regional Arts Commission, St. Louis, Roblee Foundation, and others.   2001.  57 minutes.  Streaming video from the Filmakers Library : What happens to children when their mothers are incarcerated? In prisons throughout the United States, 80% of all female inmates are incarcerated for non-violent offenses, and 80% are mothers of vulnerable children. This sensitive documentary is an up -close look at children coping with their mother’s incarcerations....The children lay bare their longings and their desire for love. Each story illustrates policy gaps between the judicial and social service systems that are supposed to serve them. More than 250,000 children in the U.S suffer daily being separated from their mothers. They are often left in the custody of extended family members where their needs are misunderstood, where poverty prevails and where they suffer emotional neglect and abuse....These children are six times more likely than their peers to end up in prison. Indeed the system of justice perpetuates the very problems it seeks to prevent.When the Bough Breaks – Children of Mothers in Prison is a powerful reminder that the system must be changed if these children are to have an emotionally healthy future.  Access available to the MSU community and other subscribers.

White Power USA 23:58 minutes. Streaming video : In 2009 the inauguration of President Barack Obama was hailed as a turning point in US race relations. The country was said to be entering a new era of post-racial politics, on the path to a future of greater diversity and tolerance. But while crowds flocked to Washington to witness the swearing in, others were refusing to join the party. Racially motivated threats against Obama rose to new heights in the first months of his presidency, with the US seeing nine high-profile race killings in 2009. Meanwhile white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups claim their membership is growing and that visits to their websites are increasing. Filmmakers Rick Rowley and Jacquie Soohen went inside the white nationalist movement to investigate. May 2, 2011. Courtesy of DocumentaryNet.

Who Killed Vincent Chin?  / A production of Film News Now Foundation & WTVS Detroit ; producer, Renee Tajima ; director, Christine Choy. New York : Filmakers Library, c1988. 1 VHS videocassette (83 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HT1521 .W476 1988 Videocassette : Documentary on racism in working-class America focuses on the murder of Vincent Chin, a Chinese-American, in a Detroit bar. Interweaves the murder with social concerns and questions about justice.

Why God, Why Me? / Produced by Varied Directions. 1989.  27 minutes.  Streaming video from Filmakers Library : This multi-award winning program about childhood sexual abuse dramatizes the life story of victims who grew up never feeling safe in their own home. While this program is emotionally compelling, it is delicately told, with no graphic, sexual or violent scenes....The program presents several women recalling their childhood sexual encounters with adults. The major portion is a gripping narrative by one survivor who suffered abuse from several relatives, beginning in early childhood. She shares with us her pain at discovering that her own husband was abusing their daughter....The program ends on a positive note, showing that the nightmare realities of childhood can be set aside and survivors can establish new, loving relationships. An important awareness film for psychology, sociology, nursing, criminal justice, counseling, and general audiences as well.  Access available to the MSU community and other subscribers.

Women in Prison   New York, NY : A&E Home Video, c1993. 1 VHS videocassette (ca. 50 min., color)  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6046 .W66 1993 Videocassette : A look at the women who are in prison. Interviews with some of the inmates explored some of the factors that put them there. Investigative reports documents why women are becoming a large part of the growing prison population and searches for the root cause of the inmates' incarceration. Many of the women interviewed are from the Central California Womens' Facility, Madera, CA.

The World History of Organized Crime  / History Channel; A&E Television Networks; Scott Alexander, Writer/Producer; Roger Mudd, narrator.  New Video, 2002. 2 videodiscs (dvd); 250 minutes. MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, HV6441 .W675 2002 VideoDVD : A comprehensive look at the operations of the most infamous outlaw syndicates on earth. Featuring interviews with highly-placed officials and convicted gangsters from Russia, Colombia, Sicily, China, and India.

Writ Writer / produced by Susanne Mason ; directed by Susanne Mason ; a co-production by Susanne Mason and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), in association with Latino Public Broadcasting ; produced by Passage Productions.  [Harriman, N.Y.] : New Day Films, c2008.  1 DVD videodisc (54 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.  Schaeffer Law Library Reserve VIDEO W : Documents the remarkable transformation of Fred Arispe Cruz, from a barrio delinquent on drugs to the hero of the prison reform movement in Texas. Coming of age at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, Cruz landed in prison for robbery in 1961. Horrified by the rampant brutality of prison life, he studied law religiously and wrote a string of lawsuits against the prison system. His pen and writs of habeas corpus--along with help from a lady lawyer sent to assist the poor--shook the prison system to its core, and launched the historic prisoners' rights movement in Texas.  More information from New Day Films.  Trailer.

You Belong to Me : Sex, Race, and Murder in the South.  Vision Films, 2015.  DVD-R   88 minutes.  HV6248.M17 Y68 2015 VideoDVD   : Ruby McCollum’s landmark case haunted jurors for decades. This is the story of an African-American woman who killed a prominent white doctor/ Senator-elect in Live Oak, Florida, after being subjected to years of sexual abuse. Remarkable secrets and terrible truths were revealed during her trial and incarceration, which paved the way for change in our society. 

Young Yakuza / a Celluloid Dreams production in co-production with Arte France, Unite programme Thierre Garrel, Pierette Ominetti, ITVS International.  [United States] : Cinema Epoch, [2008], ©2008. 1 DVD videodisc (99 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.  Rovi Film Collection CS9 D0096590 VideoDVD   :  Japanese with English subtitles.  Part of a decade-long wave of juvenile delinquency in Japan....20 year old Naoki is caught up in the ever increasing new problem of juvenile delinquency in Japan. His record is dismal. A failure at school, work and in his personal life, Naoki has decided to turn to a life of petty crime....Naoki’s mother, Mrs Watanabe, is driven to despair and shame by his lifestyle. One day she meets up with an old school friend, Mr Imai. During her conversation with him, she reveals with great sadness, that, as much as she has tried everything to make her son become a productive member of Japanese society, he has now started to stray. She asks Mr Imai’s advice – can he think of a way out for her son?...Mr Imai suggests that she place her son, for a while, in a “yakuza”, a Japanese styled Mafia family - long enough for him to decide if he wants to stay within the “yakuza” or go back to his mother. He believes that the experience could anchor Naoki....Mrs. Watanabe is stunned. She is torn between immense feelings of shame towards the community – her own family, the neighbours, her work colleagues – and the glimmer of hope that this last chance might just save her son. Naoki will have to choose between the light and the darkness…

You Have The Right To An Attorney /  a film by Matt Bockelman ; produced by Lisa Levey, Matt Bockelman ; presented by The Reach Film Fellowship, a program of Cinereach, Ltd.   [New York, N.Y.] : Fly's Eye Films, c2011.  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 13 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.   MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, KFN6160 .Y68 2011 VideoDVD  and MSU College of Law Schaeffer Library Reserve Video Y : A documentary short profiling the public defenders of the South Bronx. These overworked attorneys carry over 100 open cases, each file representing a person in need of help. Their youth and idealism cut against stereotypes of lazy, under-trained PD's. They hope to affect real change while negotiating everyday between their clients' needs and the larger crusade against injustice.  More information and film clip.

Zoot Suit Riots : The American ExperienceBoston, Mass. : WGBH Educational Foundation : PBS Home Video, 2002.  1 VHS videocassette (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.  MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, F898.L9 M596 2002 Videocassette : Racial tensions between the Anglo and Mexican American communities in Los Angeles, California erupted into violence after the conviction of Henry "Hank" Leyvas and seventeen other Mexican American youths for the murder of José Díaz in what was perceived as an unfair trial in 1943. Lorena Encinas, a witness to the murder, kept the real killer's identity a secret until the end of her life. Prominent members of the Los Angeles community worked to fund an appeal for the defendents, even as battles between unruly US Naval personnel and Mexican Americans rocked L.A.'s barrios. Surviving family members of the seventeen convicts, riot witnesses and members of the Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee tell the story of the riots, which is highlighted by photographs of the riots, the trial and their participants.


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