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UCSB Reads 2015: Videos

Richard Ross: Juvenile-in-Justice

UCSB Art Professor and photographer Richard Ross presented a talk in conjunction with his “Girls-in-Justice” exhibition, a collection of photos from his new book of the same name. The images, on display in Davidson Library’s first floor, document the lives of girls in the U.S. juvenile justice system. For the last eight years, Ross has gained access to detention facilities to take photos and gather the stories of incarcerated youth. Images from his earlier book, “Juvenile-in-Justice,” have received numerous awards and been on display nationwide.

Piper Kerman Senate Hearing Testimony

Author Piper Kerman testifies at a hearing on "Reassesssing Solitary Confinement" before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights on Feb. 25, 2014. Also available is a written transcription of her testimony.

Freedom to Choose Foundation

In the Freedom to Choose Foundation’s Award Winning documentary at Cannes, a team of volunteers travels to Valley State Prison for Women to lead workshops inspiring women to make better choices, take personal responsibility and accountability, and learn communication skills, self forgiveness and the forgiveness of others. The result is less conflict, higher self-esteem and more harmonious relationships.

Prison Yoga Project Santa Barbara

Volunteer Instructors Ginny Kuhn & Mike Lewis of Prison Yoga Project Santa Barbara & several inmates are interviewed about the positive impact of this rehabilitative outreach - mindful yoga and meditation to the incarcerated. To support this vision worldwide:

America's Hardest Prisons

This National Geographic documentary profiles a unit for women at  Wayne County Jail in Detroit, focusing on programs that target repeat offenders by helping them deal with the problems that led them to incarceration, including drug addiction and lives full of violence and abuse.

Life Inside a Women's Prison

In this short video from Oprah Winfrey's, a mother of three convicted for armed robbery to buy drugs describes her life at the Lincoln Correctional Center in Lincoln, Illinois.

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