Alarmed by the rising number of women in prison worldwide, three filmmakers ask a group of women in prison to imagine what they would have needed in their lives to avoid incarceration. In a unique collaboration, the women use cameras, paintbrushes, architectural sketches, music, and spoken word to envision an ideal world, authoring their own blueprints for a better society.

Alongside the women is Senator Kim Pate, who’s spent the last 30 years of her career as executive director of the Elizabeth Fry Society. Kim is driven by her conviction that prisons have become warehouses for the poor and mentally ill, and that these present-day systems of punishment need to be dismantled and replaced with effective supports within the community. Conviction weaves her commanding narrative together with the visionary ideas of the women inside prison, corrections officials, and politicians to examine why we imprison, and at what cost. Conviction implicates the viewer to consider a radically different kind of society that supports and nurtures - instead of punishing - the most vulnerable among us.

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