Maurine McFarlane wrote -
Did you know that America incarcerate more black people today that they did during slavery in the 1850? Did you also know that 7 out of 10 children have a parent or both parents in prison? If something is not done, 70% of those children will have the same faith as their parent.
This crises is created because of the war on drugs. This is why the documentary call Bars of Gold is so important, we need to bring a greater awareness to the American people to bringforth solutions to this crises that is affecting so many American families. The prison industrial complex should not continue to make money from our families and friends misfortunes.
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We recognize that many people still do not understand the depth, breadth and complexity of human injustices directly related to persistent and cyclical mass incarceration and the challenges faced by and imposed upon cities, states, countries, and ultimately to families across the nation.
The purpose of our initiative, beginning with the documentary, "Bars of Gold," is to show the continued need for a systematic, nationally focused change in the American Criminal Justice System, and to provide solutions that will help bring about that change. Learn more at http://lciintl.com/projects.html.
America faces a crisis of the soul, leading the world with over 7 million people in the criminal justice system (behind bars and on parole and probation), exceeding China with four times the population, as well as the top 35 European countries combined. Over 10 million children have parents who where imprisoned at some point in their children’s lives. The magnitude of the direct effect on families and cities has made mass incarceration a national crisis, and it hasn’t been accidental. It has resulted from the last 30-year shift with the war on drugs, get tough on crime policies, three strikes and you’re out, a guilty unless proven innocent mentality and overall judicial unfairness. Prisons and jails are swollen with low-level drug users, drunk drivers, and parole violators. This unprecedented surge in reliance on imprisonment has done little to reduce levels of violence or criminality, but much to earn the United States the nickname, “Incarceration Nation.”
The impact of this project’s ability to raise awareness around this issue of recidivism/Incarceration is a critical building block for both individual change and broader social change. We do this by connecting both the audience size and the diversity of that audience. By diversity we think of the geography, age, faith, political view, as well as racial diversity.
Ultimately of course social change is the goal. And while we understand that realizing social change is often a long and complex process, we do believe it is possible and that for some issues there are key indicators of success. For example, in some cases we could look to key legislative or policy changes that were driven by, or at least supported by the film. In other cases, we can point to shifts in public dialogue and how issues are framed and discussed.