Cast & Crew
Charles S. Dutton
Documentary contrasting two starkly different ways of dealing with violent criminals. Moving back and forth between the "Supermax" Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown, Ohio, and the "RSVP" -- Resolve to Stop the Violence Project -- program in the San Francisco County Jail, the documentary lets hardened prisoners talk about the stresses and goals of their incarceration. The Supermax prison has computer-controlled security, 23-hour-a-day solitary confinement with limited phone calls and visits from families. The experimental RSVP program puts more then 60 men together in a dormitory setting as they await sentencing, immersing them in 12 hours of group therapy a day. They can see their families twice a week and make daily phone calls, but they must participate in a kind of talking cure for violence.