Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event: Film And Discussion: Broken On All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration And New Visions For Criminal Justice In The U.S.

Thursday February 21, 2013: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Matthew Pillischer, director of this acclaimed 2012 documentary, will lead an audience discussion after a screening of the film which focuses on mass incarceration in the U.S. and racial inequalities in the criminal justice system. The documentary discusses the theory that mass incarceration has become "The New Jim Crow" by targeting people of color and allowing much of the discrimination that was legal in the Jim Crow era to be applied to "criminals."

Using interviews with people on many sides of the criminal justice system - including Michelle Alexander, the author of the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads book, "The New Jim Crow" - the film attempts to answer and provoke questions about the American penal system.

For more information about Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads visit aaypsireads.org. This event, cosponsored by the UM Community Scholars Program, is for adults and teens (grade 9 and up).