PRISON TOWN, U.S.A. free film screening & discussion
Date: Thursday, February 25, 2010
Time: 6pm Location: KUNSELA AUDITORIUM, SUNYIT
What is it like to live in a community where prisons are the largest employer? Join us for a screening of “YES, IN MY BACKYARD” and discussion about the impact of prisons in Oneida County. Have the prisons of Oneida County sparked economic growth or have they destroyed it? What is the economic history of Oneida County and what should its future hold? The discussion will be led by Lauren Melodia, Soros Justice Fellow at the CCA.
YES, IN MY BACKYARD (1999) Directed by Tracy Huling is a documentary about the people of Coxsackie, NY and the prisons they work in. Once a thriving farm community with a solid base of small manufacturing and a busy main street on the banks of the Hudson River, the community of Coxsackie now hosts two state prisons that are the largest employers in the county.
Sponsored by SUNYIT Criminal Justice Program and the Center for Community Alternatives (CCA), Syracuse
For further information, contact: Lauren Melodia