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Out of State 2017

Highly Recommended

Distributed by Good Docs
Produced by Ciara Lacy, Beau Bassett
Directed by Ciara Lacy
DVD, color, 79 min.

College - General Adult
Human Rights, Correctional Institutions, Criminal Justice, Ethics, Justice, Native

Date Entered: 12/13/2018

Reviewed by Brad Eden, Ph.D., Independent Scholar and Librarian, Valparaiso, IN

This film looks at the criminal justice system and incarceration policy in Hawaii with regard to its native population. Native Hawaiians who break the law, especially those who are male, are shipped thousands of miles to a private prison in the Arizona desert to serve their sentences. Disturbing statistics indicate a negative bias and an over-representation of native Hawaiians as inmates or parolees. Two men caught in this web of ethical and criminal prejudice are profiled as they attempt to reintegrate themselves back into Hawaiian society after their incarceration in Arizona. I highly recommend this movie for higher education classes in criminal justice, men's studies, indigenous studies, and Pacific Islander studies.