“Neither slavery nor forced labor shall exist, except as punishment for crimes against persons convicted in accordance with the law.” On February 1, 1865, Lincoln signed the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States. Even though slavery has been abolished, the systemic causes behind the disguised oppression and racial discrimination encountered by blacks can still be glimpsed from the punishment system in American prisons today. Just like war, prison is a business, and people of color will always be outsiders to the world’s number one power!
The film includes academics, activists, and politicians, and deeply analyzes the relationship between the criminalization of African Americans and the surge in the number of prisons in the United States. It is highly recommended to students majoring in international law!