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May 2011 , Page 59 

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The Dhamma Brothers

By Adam Diamond

The Dhamma Brothers

A film by Jenny Phillips 
Balcony Releasing (2008) 

Throughout the country, it is widely recognized that the prison system suffers from many problems — it is expensive, overcrowded, places inmates in situations in which they are continually threatened with violence, and makes no attempt to rehabilitate. The Dhamma Brothers tells the inspiring story of a group of hardened prisoners as they take their journey together towards spiritual nirvana. The Donaldson Correctional Facility in Alabama is a maximum security prison filled with men who are perceived to be the biggest threat to society. Many of the prisoners housed at this facility are convicted murderers who will never get the chance to walk outside the prison walls as free men breathing free air. Without a glimmer of hope of being released, there is no motivation to follow prison rules or a structured system of any kind. In an attempt to decrease widespread violence within the prison, the warden approved the use of a

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