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Books Not Bars

Books Not Bars
03:15 | 2008

Categories: Documentary, Shorts

A documentary about the inspiring youth-led movement against the growth of the prison industry in the U.S. After two years of collaborative campaigning with the Ella Baker Center and other groups the "Super-Jail for Kids" proposal in Alameda County, California, which was on the verge of becoming one of the biggest per capita youth jails in the country, was derailed in part by the efforts of the BOOKS NOT BARS campaign.

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Alison Behnke
December 16, 2013
Calvin Nokes
September 19, 2013
So very true great message.
Kenneth Mentor
August 14, 2013
Zan Nordlund
October 28, 2012
It's too easy to reduce this to a race issue. It's not about race. It's about greed. Our government has opted for America's industry to be people keeping--social work, criminal justice, medical services. It's easier to manage the "kept" population if they can't read, can't do math, feel isolated, afraid, and angry. Just shameful.
Kwadwo Twum-antwi
October 18, 2012
is really sad when youth of these era run through jail, God help us.
Dalin Govea
September 22, 2012
I am not happy when I find out about alot of our youth going to jail or institutions.