College Behind Bars (PART 2 OF 4)

May 24, 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).

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 2)

Sebastian, Dyjuan and Tamara reflect on the difficult circumstances of their childhood, while the debate team prepares to face the University of Vermont. Shawnta, Tamika and Tamara make great strides academically, only to discover that BPI keeps raising the bar. Brian and Rodney are accused of breaking prison rules and sent to the solitary housing unit, SHU, their education in serious jeopardy.

66min 39sec


  • Clarice Abdul-Bey

    Co-Director Washitaw Foothills Youth Media Arts & Literacy Collective


  • Wesley Caines

    A Bronx native and the Chief of Staff at the Bronx Defenders (BxD). Previously he was the organization’s Reentry & Community Outreach Coordinator, and later Director of Reentry & Community Engagement, and worked with the law office’s former/current clients, and community members, to overcome barriers to their justice involvement, as well as engage in policy work across the spectrum of criminal justice reform. Prior to joining BxD, Wesley was the Reentry Specialist/Coordinator and Advocate at Brooklyn Defender Services. In his time there he spearheaded the Records Accuracy Project (R.A.P.) utilizing local area law students to identify and correct RAP Sheet errors. A project he’s expanded now at BxD. A graduate of Bard College and New York Theological Seminary, Wesley has successfully trained over 30 law students in the complex world of reentry and reentry policy work. He is frequently invited to speak at colleges and universities across the country on his exceptional personal journey, criminal justice reform issues and the work of The Bronx Defenders. He serves as a member of the American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, and the New York City Bar, Reentry Subcommittee. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Correctional Association of New York, Inside Change, Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, Network Support Services, Inc., he lends his expertise in the furtherance of helping those who are economically disadvantaged to improve their criminal justice outcomes through bail and their reentry success through support services. Wesley’s life goal is the empowerment of underserved communities as they become creative self-advocates who challenge policy-makers’ notion of the social contract.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • Zachary Crow

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