The Prison Within
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The Prison Within exposes the devastating impact untreated trauma has on individuals and communities


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The Prison Within exposes the devastating impact untreated trauma has on individuals and communities through the powerful stories of survivors of violent crimes and prisoners incarcerated for murder in San Quentin prison. Prisoners and survivors come together and participate in the Victim Offender Education Group (VOEG)—an innovative restorative justice program which enables prisoners to discover how the trauma they’ve experienced contributed to their criminality and to understand the impact their crimes have on their victims. Together, both prisoners and survivors confront and expose the pain, shame, and violence caused by the trauma they’ve experienced throughout their lives. The transformation reveals how the fallout from untreated trauma ultimately affects the entire community. This film serves as an example of how all people can change, how we can evolve as a community, and the power of connecting to the humanity in others, even those who have committed harm.

User Reviews
Missbemmanuelleblanc 2021-08-31
Tears kept rolling off my face listening to the inmates stories, self discoveries & evolution. It has healed a part of my heart & soul. It’s so real, authentic & so well directed. This film is a must-see! Katherin Hervey has captured each and everyone’s essence so brilliantly, it’s such eye opening. I wish & pray this film will be number one in the library of all the prisons. What a masterpiece!

KMS0704 2021-05-16
Excellent documentary! This film is medicine for the facture we are experiencing in the American collective at the moment.

Nettie rocks 2021-05-14
Katherine Hervy captured the heart of an issue plaguing this country. I hope that this film will be seen by many and that their hearts and lives would be changed by it as deeply as mine was. To the men who share with us their stories and to all prisoners of the system,Thank you, you have been heard. I don’t know that all of us get to say that we were heard in our life. Now let’s get to work and change this thing!

JoanieCP 2021-04-24
This film changed my view of human nature, why people harm other people, and how even people who have done terrible harm to others can be rehabilitated, healed, and held accountable. Every person connected to the criminal justice system should see this film, including judges, prosecutors, attorneys, social workers...and even those who are victimized. And it's remarkable to be inside San Quentin Prison with those convicted of murder. How often does that happen? Highly recommend.

MusicIsO2 2021-04-24
This film is a must-see. As a nation grappling with conditions that serve up people as fodder for the criminal legal system, the subject of restorative justice offers an alternative that is far more likely to have positive outcomes than routinely locking people up. I came away thinking about the ways that restorative justice could be used early in life (in schools, families, neighborhoods, etc.) to address trauma and pain before it sets a person on a path of harming others.

sometimes reviewer 2021-04-24
You will never think about punishment the same. Using the firsthand stories of men incarcerated while in San Quentin as they journey to self discovery teaching us all about humanity and the strength of the human spirit. Moving, uplifting, and paradigm shifting. Must see for all.

Bunty Sadler 2021-04-23
Katherin Hervey's outstanding documentary clearly reveals the restorative justice process among the incarcerated population at San Quentin. Hurt people hurt people. The circle participants not only acknowledged the harm they caused, but also delved into their own histories to address the trauma they sustained from people who should have protected them. Highly recommended.

Mehrdad_S 2021-04-18
Absolutely astonishing film. Superbly told and on such an important topic that in someway shape or form affects everyone. This movie should be part of curriculum for schools and especially targeted towards at risk youth. Superbly done. Brilliant filmmaking and storytelling.

jcarrolz27 2021-04-14
An amazing documentary about the power of change when people are given the right tools! This program needs to be in all prisons and interventions to help people with trauma before they get to the point of going to prison is needed!