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Nov. 9: Frontline’s ‘Prison State’ follows four in system

just-mercyPULLMAN, Wash. – The contributions of juvenile detention, mental illness and addiction to incarceration are explored in the 2014 Frontline public television documentary, “Prison State,” which will show free to the public at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, in Heald Hall G3 as part of Washington State University’s common reading program.

Commentary in the film is provided by Bryan Stevenson, author of the WSU common reading book, “Just Mercy,” and director of the nonprofit Equal Justice Initiative.

“Prison State” follows four people in Kentucky’s criminal justice system. They live in Beecher Terrace, a housing project in Louisville where one of every six people cycle in and out of prison every year. Overcrowding and the need to provide drug and alcohol detox are among the challenges of the system.

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Karen Weathermon, WSU common reading, 509-335-5488,
Emma Epperly, WSU Undergraduate Education communications, 509-335-9458,



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