This 2014 documentary takes an intimate look at the cycle of incarceration in America, and one state’s effort to reverse the trend.
More than two years in the making, “Prison State” focuses on one troubled housing project in Louisville, Ky., where a large number of residents have been incarcerated. The film follows the lives of four individuals rotating between custody and freedom. Using deep access to the Louisville jail, the film focuses on the efforts of Mark Bolton, the city’s director of corrections, as he tries to move inmates back into the community.
Major funding for FRONTLINE is provided by the Ford Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Abrams Foundation; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Park Foundation; and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund with major support from Jon and Jo Ann Hagler on behalf of the Jon L. Hagler Foundation, and additional support from Koo and Patricia Yuen.