The Cinema Museum, London

Screening of Injustice: A film about prison, crime and us (2017)

Tue 7 Nov 2017 @ 19:30 · Events

The LSBU Criminology Society and Active Films invite you to the premiere screening and director panel discussion of Injustice: A film about prison, crime and us (2017).

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Faith Spear (former IMB Chair), Penelope Gibbs (Transform Justice), Andrew Neilson (Howard League for Penal Reform), Marcus & Karoline (prisoners families), Jimmy (former prisoner), and the LSBU society.

2016 saw some of the worst prison riots for a generation. The prison crisis seems to hit the headlines most days. Assaults in prison are at record levels, the prison population is greater than ever, and staff are leaving in droves. Prisoner suicide rates are higher than ever, with a suicide once every three days and an attempt every four hours.

The media coverage, from the BBC to the Daily Mail, is usually about staffing levels, drugs and violence – the staples of our sensation-obsessed media. But what if prisons aren’t in crisis as such? What if the crisis is a social crisis of which prison is simply an epiphenomenon? What if the real issue isn’t staffing, drugs and violence? What if the real issue is that prison itself is a fundamentally flawed system? What if the real crisis is in our society and the criminal justice system?

Injustice is the first prison documentary in the UK to ask the fundamental questions: what is prison for? Where did it come from? Who gets sent to prison and why? What are prisoners like? What does prison do to people? The film weaves a narrative through seven chapters. It starts with introductions, and moves through the prison process from conviction to release. The story is told through personal narratives of prison governors, officers, prisoners, prisoner families, campaigners and academics. Whether the partners and children of prisoners, the people working in the system, prisoners themselves or members of our community concerned about crime, Injustice is for everybody. Like it or not, the prison system is not working and we must address this fact with the urgency it deserves.

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Doors open at 18.30, for a 19.30 start.


Tickets are free but limited. Please register via Eventbrite.