Vice: Special Report: Fixing the System (2015)

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Air date: Sep 27, 2015

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President Barack Obama sits down with Shane Smith and prison inmates to discuss a growing human rights crisis. -- (C) HBO

Critic Reviews for Vice Special Report: Fixing the System

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Viewers concerned with the overcrowding of prisons with a high percentage of African-Americans who have been given lengthy mandatory sentences for non-violent drug crimes should watch the Vice special report by correspondent Shane Smith.

Sep 28, 2015 | Full Review…

The flaws in Fixing the System are organization and intent; it lacks an emphatic through-line that would recommend reforms, amp up the outrage or tell viewers how to get involved.

Sep 28, 2015 | Full Review…

Does a commendable job of taking the 2.2 million people shoehorned into "disastrously overcrowded" prisons and connecting that back to inequities within the justice system, specifically in its disproportionate incarceration rates for young minority men.

Sep 28, 2015 | Full Review…
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Whatever you think, this special episode of the HBO series VICE will most certainly expand your view and humanize those behind bars.

Sep 28, 2015 | Full Review…

More important than anything the president says, though, is what he hears; it's cathartic to watch someone with real power listen to the impact the justice system's inadequacies has had on prisoners' families.

Sep 28, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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