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Program
Monuments to Failure
Producing Organization
KNME-TV (Television station : Albuquerque, N.M.)
Contributing Organization
New Mexico PBS (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip-191-66j0zwn1
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Description
Program Description
"America's prison systems are becoming more crowded, more costly, and less effective every year. In the last ten years, this country's prison population has grown by 70 percent to [5,000,000] men and women. It now costs tens of thousands of dollars to house one inmate annually. But America's prisons are failing in their primary responsibilities of deterring crime and rehabilitating criminals and becoming little more than warehouses for society's outcasts. "'Monuments to Failure,' videotaped in seven states, finds that prison officials throughout the country are having to deal with growing prison populations while facing lawsuits to make their facilities more humane. At the same time, the courts are sentencing more people to prison in a shortsighted response to the public's outcry against the rising crime rates. "New York Times columnist Tom Wicker is the on-camera reporter for the documentary. In 1971, Wicker was called in to negotiate a peaceful settlement of the riot at New York's Attica prison. The negotiations failed and 39 people, including 10 hostages, were killed, when Governor Nelson Rockefeller ordered state troopers to storm the prison. In his report Wicker points out that New Mexico could have learned from the Attica tragedy and possibly prevented the 1980 riot in which 33 inmates were killed. A sad fact is that few correctional systems learned from the Attica or Santa Fe experiences and may be setting the stages for their own bloody confrontations. "'Monuments to Failure' does find positive trends in the prison crisis. Minnesota, for example, has the lowest per capita prison rates in the nation due to an emphasis on educational and social programs to deter crime and keep people out of prison. The state has kept construction costs down and operating costs at a reasonable level with rational sentencing policies and program keeping adult and juvenile offenders in the community."--1987 Peabody Awards entry form.
Broadcast Date
1987-11-11
Asset type
Program
Media type
Moving Image
Duration
00:57:42.392
Credits
Producing Organization: KNME-TV (Television station : Albuquerque, N.M.)
AAPB Contributor Holdings
KNME
Identifier: cpb-aacip-0e9e2164c6b (Filename)
Format: U-matic
Generation: Original
Duration: 00:30:00
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia
Identifier: cpb-aacip-9c9d5510fec (Filename)
Format: U-matic
Duration: 00:58:00
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Citations
Chicago: “Monuments to Failure,” 1987-11-11, New Mexico PBS, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed June 26, 2022, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-191-66j0zwn1.
MLA: “Monuments to Failure.” 1987-11-11. New Mexico PBS, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. June 26, 2022. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-191-66j0zwn1>.
APA: Monuments to Failure. Boston, MA: New Mexico PBS, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-191-66j0zwn1