It’s a bit dated, but this independent documentary about prisons and society does a nice job of exploring some important themes that educators might find useful in the classroom. Concrete and Sunshine focuses on the prison-industrial complex in California, but it also provides the basis for a broader discussion of prison issues generally, including the use of solitary confinement, the role of reentry services, and prisons as a form of social control.
A discussion guide is provided as well (PDF) that can help spark debate and dialogue in both high school and college-level courses.
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