September 28, 2009

Documentary Films and Criminal Justice

Taunya Lovell Banks, University of Maryland School of Law, has published "What Documentary Films Teach Us About the Criminal Justice System - Introduction," in volume 8 of University of Maryland Journal of Race, Religion, Gender & Class (2009). Here is the abstract.

Film has been used effectively to shape public perceptions about the criminal justice system, [and] the documentary form has power to convict or release a defendant, as well as to disclose the positive and negative aspects of the criminal justice system. Three articles on this subject appear in this issue of the 'University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class' and add to this body of scholarship. Our goal was to foster a series of dialogues among and between a number of individuals.

Download the paper from SSRN here.

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