The school of thought in which convicts are bad people not to be “coddled” in any way has led to a swelling U.S. prison population for whom by some estimates less than 1% of incarceration costs go toward any kinds of rehabilitation.
This decision would appear counterproductive, as the majority of prisoners do return to the streets — and it very much benefits society that they arrive there well-prepared for law-abiding civilian life.
Michael Tolajian’s “Q Ball,” a look at San Quentin State Prison’s basketball team, throws a spotlight on a seemingly frivolous program that nonetheless provides inmates with considerable positive focus, improved social skills, and other benefits that might ultimately reduce recidivism.
This highly polished and engaging documentary, which recently premiered at SFFilm and was executived produced by future NBA Hall of Famer Kevin Durant, is one that Fox Sports might conceivably allow some exposure beyond the confines of its “Magnify” broadcast series.
Read the story at Variety.
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