Jamaican Film Company Tackles Caribbean Prison

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Local independent film company, Real Entertainment Production (REP), is attempting to wade through red tape to shoot a Caribbean prison documentary that will showcase the hardships that Caribbean nationals face in institutions across the region, Jamaica’s Star reports.

REP boss and film producer Andrew Pryce will direct the documentary, which he hopes to showcase at a film festival or distribute directly via the Internet.

“Caribbean countries have some of the highest incarceration rates, 15 are former British Caribbean colonies or current ones where high levels of violence are partly to blame, but there are other factors, like the criminalisation of cannabis use and harsh sentencing laws which often lead to overcrowding in prison buildings,” he said.

He said the dirty, crowded prisons add to the misery of inmates, many of whom were impoverished before they turned to crime.

“All of this makes for a fascinating case study which we want…

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