"A vital and involving portrait...An unsettling snapshot of recidivism and the flaws in America's criminal justice system."-LA Times
In Richmond, Virginia, an innovative program is looking at new and effective ways to fight re-incarceration and addiction. 16 Bars chronicles that program, led by hip-hop legend Speech of Arrested Development. Following four men on journeys towards a new life, the film makes a potent argument for how turning prisons into sites of investment can thwart generations of of toxic cycles.