by Rod Hewitt

Prisons in this past century have become a small empire of graft and corruption, a hive in which every form of cheating and larceny available to man thrives. From the drug business usually run by the guards, to the sale of food and toilet products, to the leasing of prisoners to make profit, the American prison system has been a benighted monstrosity.

Corrections, directed by Ashley Hunt, is a brilliant and searing essay on the present dilemma on the privatization of public prisons. Extending from Governors and lobbyiests and their attempts to make people prisoners in order to continue to make a profit, prisons are politicized with an insidious and evil net.

Hunt deserves great credit for drawing the map of corruption being carried out by public officials working incestuously with private companies to make a machine that removes justice from every aspect of our society.

This is a film that accomplishes its goals at every level. Hunt never tells us what to think, but allows us to understand difficult situations with great ease, his ability to expand subjects to powerful dimensions is quietly elegant. Corrections is a glaring cry for justice for the befallen, for the poor, for all who believe in justice. Corrections has the conviction of great documentary, to bring us to our truths, to bring us to reaching for justice, and to save that part of our world that has failed to save itself.

The complexity in which our prisons have functioned is well illustrated by the fact that when public education became a law at the turn of the last century, public schools were primarily modeled after prison architecture. Hunt shows how this terrible model has reached an apogee that is dangerous to the entire society and especially to the justice that binds our land.