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Survivors Guide to Prison

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Matthew Cooke

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About the Movie

You're more likely to go to prison in the USA than any other country in the world, so in the unfortunate case it happens to you, this is the SURVIVORS GUIDE TO PRISON. Following the stories of two innocent men who spent decades behind bars for murders they did not commit. Gripping testimony from inmates, guards, staff, cops, analysts, lawyers and reformers, SURVIVORS GUIDE exposes the failed “punishment model” and examines the dramatic programs proven to work.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 8
  • Fresh: 8
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Matthew Cooke's assaultive documentary hammers away at injustices in U.S. justice system. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Feb 23, 2018

Fresh: A valuable primer for those estimated 13 million Americans who are arrested every year. – Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, Feb 22, 2018

Fresh: Familiar but important points about our broken justice system, packaged for viewers who don't usually watch documentaries. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Feb 22, 2018

Fresh: Cooke crams in so much persuasively appalling information ... that it's easy to forgive him for seemingly trying to push all viewers' proverbial buttons at once. – Simon Abrams, Village Voice, Feb 21, 2018

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Customer Reviews

So thought provoking

Everyone should watch this movie! As a criminal justice graduate, this is like nothing you will learn in a book. As a child, I always thought that if you were in jail, you were a “bad guy”. Now through schooling and documentaries like this and biographies have really changed my perspective on prison, punishment and rehabilitation across the country.

Que onda guey?

Nice film Don Trejo


Wake up!!!

What a powerful message of the system we allow as citizens to happen. This isn’t a movie, it’s the start of a movement.

Survivors Guide to Prison
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2018

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