Books Not Bars: Film Screening


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

4:00-6:00 pm

Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Questions: Call Kara or Rashad at 410.706.3940.
Concerned about about youth being charged as adults? Join the Just Kids Partnership for a film screening and discussion about the movie Books Not Bars.
This short documentary focuses on the growth of the prison industrial complex in the U.S. through the eyes of the youth who are working to reverse the trend. The title refers to the claim that adolescents are four to five times more likely to go to prison than be educated.
The U.S. leads the world in incarcerations with two million Americans behind bars; the number of poor, minority and female prisoners is increasing. The impact of the prison industry on the economy contributes to the complexity of the issue. Between 1988-97 there was a 30% increase in prison spending, which translates into jobs in the areas of construction and maintenance, and revenues for companies that provide products and services.