Free: Having the legal and political rights of a citizen

The Service Learning Institute has fashioned a film series themed "Social Justice... Not Just Us" The first film, Watsonville On Stike (directed by Jon Silver) was shown in 2010. The idea was to show a dynamite documentary film and afterwards engage in a discussion. This year, in partnership with  the National Lawyers Guild, and Critical Resistance  we're shining light on the  Prision Industrial Complex. 

Image from the filmOn Tuesday, March 13th at 6:30 pm in the University Center Living Room, the 6 minute film Juvenile Confinement created by TAT399S Service Learning students (Kayla Strasser & Chris Sakamoto) will preview as an introduction to In The Land Of The Free which examines the story of Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox and Robert King. They are known as the Angola 3 and have spent almost a century between them in solitary confinement in Angola, the Louisiana State Penitentiary.

 In 2010, there were 3,251 prisoners under sentence of death In the United States:

  • 1,420 are White Males
  • 1,358 are African-American Males
  • 321 are  in Texas
  • 398 are in Florida
  • 721 are in California

In 2009 there were 113,462 women imprisoned in the United States:

  • 13,625 in Federal Prision
  • 99,837 in State Correctional Facilities
  • 10,989 In California

These facts are taken from the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics