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Inside Effingham Prison

In Effingham Prison, Georgia, is one of the most dangerous prisons in the United States. Here 80% of the detainees are white – an anomaly in the American prison landscape. White supremacist gangs rule. We spent a month inside following the lives of the inmates.

The most dangerous men are kept in Block F, the high security ward. Men like Miles, a member of the Ghost Face Gangsters, who has been causing chaos since he arrived. There are also nearly 100 female inmates at Effingham. DJ is the self-proclaimed boss of the women’s block. Her father was killed when she was 2 years old and her mother is a member of an extremist group. She has already spent over 10 years in prison for drugs-related crimes and is now facing another 10 years.

But in Georgia, justice can strike blindly. Jennifer was a quiet housewife and mother of four young children. She had never had a problem with the law. Then she was involved in a traffic accident after having drunk one beer. In other States, she would have got a suspended sentence but here, she has been sentenced to 5 years in prison without the chance of parole. Now, she can only see her family on the prison’s video phone. A 30 minute call costs them 20 dollars. And life is about to get a lot worse for Jennifer as she prepares to be moved to a federal prison far away…

PRODUCTION INFO

  • Year: 2020
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Production: IMPALA PRESSE
  • Director: MATTHEW GORDON
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France

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