Bill Moyers, left, reflects on his long and esteemed career with retired Minneapolis journalist and news anchor Don Shelby for an upcoming 'A Conversation with Bill Moyers' on PBS. 


Award-winning journalist Bill Moyers will attend a free screening of his new documentary "Rikers: An American Jail" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 2 at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge.

The documentary, airing on PBS in May, brings viewers face-to-face with the men and women who have endured incarceration at Rikers Island, a news release says.

"Their stories, told directly to the camera, provide a window into what it's like to be imprisoned in the United States where more than 2.2 million people are jailed," the release says.

"Rikers: An American Jail" comes at a time when calls to reform the criminal justice system are growing nationwide. Moyers will discuss his unique perspective on the topic and approach behind the film.

“We need to hear their stories in their voices, not filtered through a journalist,” Moyers said.

Moyers has received numerous awards and honorary degrees for his investigative journalism and civic activities, including two Pulitzer prizes  and more than 30 Emmys. 

Attendees will receive a complimentary three-month subscription to LPB Passport and have the opportunity to visit the NEH “Power of Children” photography exhibit in the Senate Chambers.

The documentary may contain elements that are not suitable for some audiences, according to Louisiana Public Broadcasting, which is hosting the event.

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