Film & Discussion: The Worst of the Worst

When & Where
Stanford University - Law School Crown Bldg. Room 180
559 Nathan Abbot Way
Stanford, CA 94305
October 16, 2013 - 12:45pm


This event will feature a screening of The Worst of the Worst, a documentary produced by the Yale Law School Visual Law Project and co-directed by Valarie Kaur and Sharat Raju. The film explores the conditions and impact of solitary confinement conditions in a Connecticut maximum security prison.

Over 25,000 prisoners in the US are held in isolation, typically spending 22.5 hours a day in a tiny cell, the other 1.5 hour exercising alone. Many are kept this way for years with no one to talk to and nothing to do. At California's Pelican Bay, where 1200 men are in high-tech solitary, inmates are currently on hunger strike to protest the conditions of their confinement. "The Worst of the Worst" is a 25-minute film that depicts Connecticut’s sole supermax prison. Interviews with experts and administrators are interwoven with the powerful stories of inmates and correctional officers who spend their days within the walls.

Lead sponsors for this event include the Center for Ethics in Society, the Center for Human Rights, the Department of Religious Studies, and the Center for Criminal Justice.