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First Degree

Nationwide, over half of released inmates return to prison within five years, but for the past 14 years, less than 1% of the inmates that received a college degree at Sing Sing maximum security prison returned. First Degree explores how the college education program at Sing Sing has helped prevent incarcerated individuals from returning to prison. The film not only offers an intimate look at the stories of inmates at Sing Sing, but also highlights the greater challenges facing American society with mass incarceration, recidivism, and the challenges of re-entering society after being in prison.