Multimedia Resources

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Online Audios

Audio 1: The “Shock of Confinement”: The Grim Reality of Suicide in Jail

Description: About 1,000 people die in American jails every year and about a third of those are suicides. Jails often house people who have never been in legal trouble before, and it can have a traumatic effect (3:51)

Audio 2: Training Helps Inmates Build a Bridge to Life Outside Prison Walls

Description: Loretta Lynch made her first visit a federal prison as the nation’s top law enforcement officer. She highlighted the need for more services to help inmates re-enter society (4:20)

Online Videos

Video 1: Teen Who Stole Endures Public Punishment

Description: As punishment for stealing and lying, Hunter Bearden’s father is making his son hold a sign along Calhoun Memorial Highway that reads, "I like to steal, and lie, and be disrespectful to others (2:06)

Video 2: 3 Strikes and You’re Out

Description: After the 1993 murder of a child, many states passed laws to lock up repeat offenders for life, but today those laws are raising new questions about how crime is handled in America. Does it work? (11:20)

Video 3: Jail Keeper Says California Three-Strikes Law Fails to Reduce Crime

Description: About 120,000 inmates are crowded into California state prisons designed to hold just 80,000. It is part of the legacy of California’s three-strikes law, which was passed in 1994. John Blackstone reports (1:52)

Web Links

Web Link 1: Stoning

Description: The Malaysian Parliament seeks to introduce stoning and amputations as restitution for crimes

Web Link 2: Torture

Description: The New York Times published an article on the long-standing effects of torture on prisoners

Web Link 3: Dismemberment

Description: Religious leader orders a woman to be dismembered as a punishment for violating the religious laws