Visual Law Project Film on Solitary Confinement Premieres Dec. 11 at Yale Law School
The high-tech, super maximum security NCI is designed to incarcerate the so-called “worst of the worst” problem inmates. These inmates spend 23 hours per day in their cells, frequently in solitary confinement, with one hour of recreation in an enclosed outdoor pen. The “Worst of the Worst” follows the story of three individuals whose lives have been shaped by Northern: Misael, a former inmate; Pete, a Northern correctional officer; and Ros, a mother determined to support her incarcerated son.
“We were given unprecedented access to Department of Correction officials including the Commissioner and Northern’s warden,” said Jane Cooper ’13, one of the film’s producers. “The Department also allowed us inside Northern itself, which had not been opened to the press since its opening in 1995.”
In addition to the perspectives of administrators, the film includes analysis from legal scholars and other experts as it calls into question the role of supermax prisons and solitary confinement in the U.S. criminal justice system. View the trailer here.
For questions about the film or to RSVP for the Dec. 11 premiere, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A student-run project founded in 2010 and housed in the Information Society Project, the Visual Law Project at Yale Law School trains law students in the art of visual advocacy and produces short documentary films on legal and policy issues. For more information, visit www.yalevisuallawproject.org.