Lockdown, USA (2006)

Lockdown, USA
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 1hr 23mins.
Genres Documentary
Keywords drugs, law enforcement
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Filippo Bozotti Executive Producer n/a 174 3000005
Simone Haggiag Executive Producer n/a 174 3000004
Stanley Bucthal Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Matthew Akers Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Sabine Hoffmann Editor n/a 172 7000001
Michael Kupferberg Film Publicist n/a 121076 29000001
Martha Skolnik Editor n/a 172 7000002
Rebecca Chaiklin Producer n/a 3 3000002
Michael Skolnik Producer n/a 3 3000001
Benjamin Chavis Actor n/a 1 1000004
Randy Credico Actor n/a 1 1000003
Wanda Best Actor n/a 1 1000002
Andrew Cuomo Actor n/a 1 1000005
Sean "Diddy" Combs Actor n/a 1 1000006
Rebecca Chaiklin Director n/a 2 2000002
Michael Skolnik Director n/a 2 2000001
Russell Simmons Actor Himself 1 1000001
Chronicles hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons' quest to repeal New York State's Rockefeller Drug Laws, which can send first-time, nonviolent drug offenders to prison for 15 years to life. These laws have sparked a contentious debate between lawmakers, who argue that drug traffickers deserve the stiffest penalties; and the Laws' opponents, who believe that sentences for novice criminals are too harsh, given that rapists can be released from prison after only four years. Forty-eight states have adopted laws based on the New York statutes, sending the mothers and fathers of over 4 million children in the U.S. to prison. For instance, Wanda Best is raising her five children alone after her husband Darryl was given 15 years to life for signing for a neighbor's FedEx package, which, unknown to him, was filled with cocaine. To spread the word, Simmons assembles a rally, and enlists the help of his hip-hop and pop music peers--among them 50 Cent, P. Diddy, and Mariah Carey--to help raise awareness with New York City's youth. After orchestrating the rally, Simmons travels upstate with Andrew Cuomo and Benjamin Chavis to receive a crash course on political negotiating with New York Governor George Pataki.