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The Corridor 2017

Highly Recommended

Distributed by Good Docs
Produced by Annelise Wunderlich and Richard O’Connell
Directed by Annelise Wunderlich and Richard O’Connell
Streaming, 55 mins

High School - General Adult
Criminal Justice; Education; Sociology

Date Entered: 12/11/2019

Reviewed by Margaret M. Reed, Riley-Hickingbotham Library, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, AR

When the San Francisco County Jail launched its Five Keys Charter School, it was more than an experiment. It has become a model for restorative justice.

The Corridor takes viewers down the halls of this unique learning environment – the first high school in the nation built inside an adult jail – and explores the enormous effort required to make it work. Inmates there who do not hold a high school diploma are automatically enrolled. They participate in a holistic learning experience designed to prepare them for re-entry into society – essential academic subjects alongside vocational training and group counseling. This educational approach has translated into lower recidivism and inspired correctional facilities throughout the country to make charter high schools a centerpiece of their rehabilitation programming.

Beyond detailing the school’s operation, The Corridor effectively captures the human impact of educating the imprisoned. From multiple vantage points – students, teachers, and correctional officers – the film probes the root causes of incarceration and their unrelenting grip. It profiles those who triumph as well as those who relapse.

In 2018, The Corridor made its national television debut on the critically acclaimed public broadcasting series, “America Reframed on WORLD Channel.” The film also aired on KQED’s “Truly CA” public television series.

Highly recommended for all libraries, The Corridor is an excellent resource for courses in education, criminal justice, and sociology.


San Francisco Film Critics Award at the Mill Valley Film Festival