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Prison Town, USA

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PBS Premiere: July 24, 2007


In the 1990s, at the height of the prison-building boom, a prison opened in rural America every 15 days. Prison Town, USA tells the story of Susanville, California, one small town that tries to resuscitate its economy by building a prison — with unanticipated consequences. Weaving the stories of a laid-off mill worker turned guard, a struggling dairy owner and an inmate's family stranded in Susanville, the film sheds light on an industry that is transforming the social and economic landscape of rural America. A co-production with the Independent Television Service (ITVS).

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TAGS: criminal justice, incarceration, jail, prison, prisoner

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Prison Town, USA

Premiere Date: July 24, 2007

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Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmakers: Katie Galloway, Po Kutchins Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release


Katie Galloway
Katie Galloway
Po Kutchins
Po Kutchins

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Critical Acclaim

A raw look at how a small town in Northern California is transformed when the locals agree to the construction of a prison... in every respect, this film is illuminating...”

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