Back in July there was a lot of buzz about President Obama having a sit-down with administrators and inmates in the El Reno federal prison. We learned, of course, that it was filmed as part of an upcoming VICE Special Report. That documentary program now entitled VICE SPECIAL REPORT: FIXING THE SYSTEM will air on 09.27. To promote that show a 50-second promotional clip has surfaced. Here it is.
Also there is an accompanying press release:
VICE SPECIAL REPORT: FIXING THE SYSTEM,
A LOOK AT AMERICA’S BROKEN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM,
DEBUTS SEPT. 27 ON HBO
Special Features President Obama’s Historic Visit To El Reno Prison And
Offers An In-Depth Look At The Dire Impact The Current
Criminal Justice System Is Having On Millions Of Americans
VICE SPECIAL REPORT: FIXING THE SYSTEM, an in-depth look at America’s broken criminal justice system, debuts SUNDAY, SEPT. 27 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT).
The special will give viewers an in-depth look at the pervasive impacts of America’s approach to crime and imprisonment, chronicling the many interlocking pieces of the sprawling system, from prisoners and their families to the judiciary and community reformers. Hosted by VICE founder and correspondent Shane Smith, the documentary will also feature President Obama’s historic tour in July of Federal Correctional Institution, El Reno in Oklahoma, where he met with inmates and prison officials. As part of the VICE special, President Obama became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison, signaling criminal justice reform as a top priority for the final months of his presidency. The special is the latest in VICE’s ongoing coverage of what’s becoming a major civil rights and reform agenda in the United States. America is home to 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of the world’s prison population.
Other HBO playdates: 09. 27 at 1:00am and 09.30 at 7:00pm & 3:35am and into October. The special will also be available on HBO NOW and HBO GO.
This VICE Special is the second such detailed report outside of the VICE series. The first was VICE SPECIAL REPORT: KILLING CANCER. The longer length reports are the start of an extensive content deal VICE Media and HBO are launching. Coming in the future will be daily news bulletins and more reports like the one announced here. This writer will keep you informed on all the VICE content on HBO including review of this upcoming examination of the ballooning overpopulation in America’s penal institutions.