College Behind Bars (PART 4 OF 4)

May 31, 2020
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Explore the transformative power of education through the eyes of a dozen incarcerated men and women trying to earn college degrees – and a chance at new beginnings – from one of the country’s most rigorous prison education programs.

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The Shelter-in-Place Virtual Film Series

The Shelter-in-Place Virtual Film Series is a joint project of Arkansas PBS (ArPBS), Just Communities of Arkansas (JCA), Arkansas Cinema Society (ACS), Washitaw Foothills Youth Media Arts & Literacy Collective (WFYMALC), Arkansas Minority Film & Arts Association (AMFAA), and Arkansas Peace & Justice Memorial Movement (APJMM).

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The Shelter-in-Place Virtual Film Series

The Shelter-in-Place Virtual Film Series is a joint project of Arkansas PBS (ArPBS), Just Communities of Arkansas (JCA), Arkansas Cinema Society (ACS), Washitaw Foothills Youth Media Arts & Literacy Collective (WFYMALC), Arkansas Minority Film & Arts Association (AMFAA), and Arkansas Peace & Justice Memorial Movement (APJMM).

College Behind Bars (PART 4)

The debate union faces Harvard. While Rodney and Sebastian complete their 100-page senior projects and present them to faculty, Giovannie gets into trouble and is sent to SHU, not able to complete his project before being released. At graduation at Taconic, Tamara, Tamika and Shawnta receive associate degrees, while at Eastern, Rodney and Sebastian receive bachelor’s degrees.

67min 16sec


  • Clarice Abdul-Bey

    Co-Director Washitaw Foothills Youth Media Arts & Literacy Collective


  • Jule Hall

    Jule Hall, completed an undergraduate degree in German Studies with the Bard College Prison Initiative (BPI) in 2011. He would continue his education by enrolling in a graduate-level, Public Health specialization and in 2015 would become a BPI-Tow Public Health Fellow. Also in 2015, Jule volunteered at the Brownsville Community Justice Center, where he tutored justice-involved youth in preparation for high school equivalency exams. In 2016, he secured employment as a campaign coordinator at Picture Motion, where he helped to create social impact campaigns for award-winning documentaries examining prisoner reentry, gun violence and racial and economic inequality in America. In 2017, Jule served on the Documentary Selection Committee of NBCUniversal and AFI DOC’s 2017 Impact Lab. Currently, Jule works as a program associate for the Ford Foundation where he provides data analysis and strategy development in its unit for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Justice.

  • Rev. Dr. Anika Whitfield

    Anika Whitfield is a licensed practicing podiatrist; an ordained Baptist minister who is practices, preaches, encourages, ministers, and witnesses her faith in social justice actions; a daughter of Little Rock; and, a hopes to be a good neighbor in this universe. She is co-chair of Grassroots Arkansas and Arkansas Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. She enjoys live music, especially jazz; gardening; and, spending quality time with her family and friends.

  • President O. Jerome Green

    O. Jerome Green is an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and a licensed attorney with over 30 years of experience in administration and litigation. He is currently employed as President of Shorter College in North Little Rock, Arkansas. As President at Shorter College since 2012, Green has led Shorter College to receive full re-accreditation by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) in 2013 and re-certification by the State of Arkansas Board of Higher Education in 2014. Enrollment at Shorter College increased from 4 students in 2012 to over 400 students in 2014. In 2015, Green was named by Arkansas Life Magazine as Arkansan of the Year. In 2016, under President Green’s leadership, Shorter College was selected as one of only three HBCU’s chosen by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in a 5-year experimental pilot program to enroll adults incarcerated in prison and pay their tuition with Pell Grants as a part of the Second Chance Pell Program. In September 2016 Shorter College enrolled its initial cohort of 250 inmates in five (5) off-campus prison facility sites. The college now operates eight (8) off-campus prison facility teaching sites and enrolls over 400 inmates in college courses. To date, over 50 incarcerated persons have now received associate of arts college degrees from Shorter College. This program is considered by many to be a fundamental first step in solving the problem of mass incarceration and recidivism in the United States. Only six (6) historically black colleges or universities (HBCUs) in the United States have been selected to participate in the Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Program. Shorter College is considered to be a leader among institutions in America offering college education to persons in prison. A native of Pell City, Alabama, Green received his B.A. degree from Miles College, his M.A. degree from The Ohio State University, and his J.D. degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He has studied for ministry at Jackson Theological Seminary in North Little Rock, Arkansas, and at Turner Seminary in the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. Green’s public service includes an appointment (by then Governor Bill Clinton) in 1991 to a five-year term on the Arkansas Ethics Commission, and a subsequent appointment in 1995 by President Bill Clinton to a six-year term on the panel of conciliators for The World Bank. Green’s social organizations include Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. He is married to Linda Haynie Green, M.D., a retired internal medicine physician, and is the father of three (3) children.

  • Ruby Welch

    is a motivational speaker, criminal and restorative justice advocate, and Founder of F.E.L.O.N (Formerly Incarcerated Empowered Leaders Overcoming Negative Stigmas). After experiencing first-hand the harmful effects of serving seven years in the Arkansas Department of Correction, Ruby vowed to educate her community about the disparities of incarceration and its lasting effects on individuals. Ruby currently is employed with UAMS as a Community Health Coordinator. She weekly educates detainees at the Pulaski County Detention Center on various health risks and concerns. She received the Champions Award from C.A.R.E (Central Arkansas Re-entry Coalition) in 2016 for her dedication to community advocacy, currently serves as Arkansas Ambassador Dignity for Incarcerated Women Campaign and Empathy Partner with #CUT50, a representative for the National Council of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, a member of the C.A.R.E Coalition, Project South, Arkansas Community Health Workers Association, Arkansas Community Institute for Housing, the Poor People’s Campaign, Black Lives Matter, 2018 Speaker for Decarcerate Conference, 2019 Panelist for Legal Action Network at Columbia University New York(Dismantling Systemic Inequity in Criminal Justice and Health), 2019 Recognition Award from Future For Felons of Jonesboro for Overcoming The Odds, Panelist for Americans For Prosperity 2018 and 2019, 2019 Panelist for National Association of Social Workers. As an Ambassador for #Cut50 Ruby was instrumental in the passing and signing into law #Dignity Arkansas for incarcerated women.Ruby views her work as an extension of her Christian Faith. *To contact Ruby for services through F.E.L.O.N.(Formerly Incarcerated. Empowered. Leaders. Overcoming. Negative Stigmas) Phone: (501)247-5899

  • Zachary Crow

    Zachary Crow is the director of decARcerate, a grassroots coalition working to end mass incarceration in Arkansas with and on behalf of prisoners and their families. DecARcerate works through a combination of community education, smart legislation, advocacy and activism. Crow spent two years living alongside and learning from homeless, incarcerated, and formerly incarcerated individuals in Atlanta, Georgia as a part of the Open Door Community, a residential community in the Catholic Worker tradition seeking to dismantle racism, sexism and hetero-sexism, abolish the death penalty, and proclaim the Beloved Community through loving relationships with some of the most neglected and outcast: the homeless and those in prison. Zachary is a radio personality, storyteller, filmmaker and poet. Along with Judge Wendell Griffen, Crow hosts “The Barbershop Radio Hour,” a week call in show centering around issues of social justice on KABF 88.3. His first feature-length documentary, “We See No Enemy,” was released in March 2013 and chronicles five Palestinian stories from the West Bank. His first book of poetry, “Dancing In The Eddies” was released in April 2018. Crow serves as an ordained minister with New Millennium church in Little Rock, Arkansas, which describe themselves as “progressive, welcoming, inclusive followers of Jesus.”

  • Anika

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