Why does the United States have mass incarceration?

Why are 1 out of every 4 prisoners in the world imprisoned in the United States? The prison population in the USA is now over 2 million people.

This interview-based feature length from Netflix tells the unfortunate story of mass incarceration in the United States, following the sequence of events all the way from the abolition of slavery in 1865 with the 13th Amendment, to Jim Crow laws and segregation, to the Civil Rights Movement, to the War on Drugs, all the way up to modern day.

Watch and learn about the systems that have oppressed people of color in the United States and enforced systematic racism at the heart of the justice system in America.

Not sure if you want to watch the full thing? Check out the trailer first!

13th (2016) Documentary, Crime, News | 100min | 7 October 2016 (USA) 8.2
Director: Ava DuVernayWriter: Spencer Averick, Ava DuVernayStars: Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory BookerSummary: The film begins with the idea that 25 percent of the people in the world who are incarcerated are incarcerated in the U.S. Although the U.S. has just 5% of the world's population. "13th" charts the explosive growth in America's prison population; in 1970, there were about 200,000 prisoners; today, the prison population is more than 2 million. The documentary touches on chattel slavery; D. W. Griffith's film "The Birth of a Nation"; Emmett Till; the civil rights movement; the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Richard M. Nixon; and Ronald Reagan's declaration of the war on drugs and much more. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür


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