Web Resources: PBS Frontline
I’ve blogged before about the range of prison-related news videos available through Hulu. The PBS documentary series Frontline also makes its programming available online at www.pbs.org. Here are a few Frontline episodes to start with if you’re interested in prison and jail issues — note that each of these websites includes not just streaming video of the episode itself, but also links to a range of related resources and information:
- “The Released” (2009): What happens to mentally ill offenders after they leave prison, and why do so many return? A sequel of sorts to 2005’s The New Asylums (see below).
- “When Kids Get Life” (2007): What should be done with children who commit murder?
- “The Meth Epidemic” (2006): Why has meth use exploded in the U.S. and what policy solutions might work?
- “The New Asylums” (2005): Why are so many mentally ill men and women in prison, and what kind of treatment to they receive there? Focused on the Ohio state prison system.
- “The Plea” (2004): Examining the plea bargaining process that resolves 95%+ of criminal cases in the U.S.
- “Burden of Innocence” (2003): After years of wrongful imprisonment, what happens to men who are exonerated once they get out of prison?