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Thursday, October 27, 2016 9:11
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Netflix have been producing some amazing content lately, and this documentary about incarceration in America is well worth a watch. It deals with the US’s insanely high incarceration rate (over 4 million prisoners is the highest prison population in the world – higher than China, higher than everyone). And once they drill down into the numbers, things get even worse. It’s no secret black and brown people make up a wildly disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated people, and 13TH looks at how a small detail in the 13th Amendment essentially props up legal slavery, as criminals can be worked for little to no pay, and it’s big business. Regardless of color, many of the prisoners are locked up over trivial nonviolent drug offenses. This important social justice issue naturally overlaps with other major societal issues at the forefront today, including policing, police brutality, the legacy of slavery, institutional racism, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Not a fun watch, but a crucial one nonetheless.

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