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Screening of 'Yes, In My Backyard'

Date: 10/10/12
Time: 4.30pm
Audience: Public
Sponsored By: Sociology Department
Location: CSB 110--Auditorium
Contact: Alexandra Cox, (857) 257-3756, coxa@newpaltz.edu

Film screening of 'Yes, In My Backyard' and Q&A with the director, Tracy Huling. During the last two decades, prisons have become a growth industry in rural America. The implications of this trend are profound for individuals, families, and communities in both rural and urban America. Since the 1980s the majority of new prisons have been placed in rural areas and small towns, and today half of all U.S. prisoners are considered residents of rural communities. Through the eyes of one farming-community-turned-prison-town in upstate New York, Yes, In My Backyard delves into the reasons why prisons are now sought after as a means of economic development and probes the consequences of this trend for the keepers and the kept.