The Lorain County Correctional Institution shows pirated movies to prisoners, "even as inmates serve time for illegally downloading movies." Richard Humphrey, 22, who was sentenced to the prison for selling pirated copies of movies, said, "How do you expect someone to be rehabilitated when there's authority figures that are running those institutions that are copyright infringing?"
A new documentary, “(In)Securus Technologies: An Assault on Prisoner Rights”, tracks the rise of for-profit video “visitation” programs, which are being rolled out across America’s unimaginably huge prison system, replacing the in-person visits that have been shown to be vital for prisoners’ successful rehabilitation and reintegration into society.
Jeff Greenspan and Andrew Tider are two artists who spent more than a year working with prisoners to identify CEOs who presided over terrible crimes without any personal penalties, and paired convicts with CEOs, commissioning portraits of the rich people whose impunity protected them from the inmates’ fate.
Chelsea Manning’s helpers write, “Citing potential copyright infringement, the Army censored materials on prison censorship from the Electronic Frontier Foundation that were sent to Chelsea by one of her volunteers.”
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