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Self-taught jailhouse lawyer Fred Cruz challenged the constitutionality of prison conditions in Texas in the 1960s. His extraordinary battle to expose the sanctioned brutality of life in prison and strike down rules that blocked prisoners from legal representation blazed the path to state prison reform.
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Susanne Mason and an unidentified woman consult a large piece of paper

The Making Of:

"It is difficult to find funders willing to contribute money to a film about a convicted criminal who demands his rights."  More >>

The Filmmaker:

"...Race and class consigned him to certain social and economic conditions that his intellect could overcome, but perhaps his heart could not."  Read more >>
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