'A Debtors' Prison' is a short documentary by Brett Story and Todd Chandler featuring the stories of two women, Meredith Walker and Samantha Jenkins, who are represented by ArchCity Defenders. Ms Walker and Ms Jenkins have survived the unlawful and predatory practices of racial profiling, cash bail and debtors' prisons, and with ArchCity Defenders, have taken a stand against these systemic abuses.
In 2016, we reached a landmark $4.75M settlement in Jenkins vs. the City of Jennings, ending debtors' prisons in the municipality that neighbors Ferguson. Walker vs. Florissant is still pending, as are 16 other class action suits we've brought with co-counsel against municipalities in the region.
Featured in this year's St. Louis International Film Festival, we invite you to come out to watch 'A Debtors' Prison' during the "Short Docs: Black Voices" premiere. *Please Note: This film is 15 minutes within the 2 hour block of featured short documentaries*
'A Debtors' Prison' is one short in a great line up of films which highlight a diverse chorus of black voices addressing subjects both local and national.