The most recent U.S. Census data estimates African Americans comprise 12.22 percent of the population, but the figure more than doubles to 30.4 percent when it comes to the nation’s prison population. This appalling stat begs the question: who controls the criminal justice system? Private companies operate over 250 correctional facilities, which then raises a “prisoner for profit” issue.
Directed by Harry Davis, the gritty film Joy Road stars Wood Harris, perhaps best known for his role in The Wire, and tells the story of a fictional corporation that is paid to come up with laws that send and keep people in jail. A winner at the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, Hamptons Black International Film Festival and an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, the indie project is set to hit theaters in October.
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