Amy Patton: Founder and organizer of the festival, Susan Burton said the film festival screened documentaries that exposed “grave defects in the American criminal justice system.”
The prison population in the United States is larger than any other country. The growth of our prison system is unmatched.
Jonathan Simon: Judge Carney reviewed California’s system, which has handed out around 900 death sentences but only executed 13 people, and concluded that the system was unconstitutionally arbitrary because no rational basis exists distinguishing those actually executed from many not, and likely never, executed.
Jeanette Marantos: With prison costs and populations soaring and more than half of the incarcerated grappling with mental illness, addiction and/or infectious disease, it’s time for doctors to step up and advocate for prison health care reform, using the Affordable Care Act to make many of those reforms possible.