Yes, In My Backyard

Rural America's increasing dependence on prison industries is seen from the perspective of a New York community.

APT Presentation
Premiere Date
November 1, 1999
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call

Tracy Huling

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The Film

Historically, when communities heard about plans for a new prison the outcry was "not in my backyard." Times have changed. With an unprecedented 1.2 million people in prisons and 203 new correctional facilities built in small towns from 1990 to 1997, prisons have become a rural growth industry and their acquisition a conscious economic development strategy. Yes, in My Backyard explores the multi-layered dependence of one upstate New York farming town on the prison industry, and probes the profound implications of this dependence for the keepers and the kept, and for society at large.