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Unprecedented examination of the United States' most powerful police department
Criminal Justice • Sociology • Critical Studies
Urban Studies • Ethnic Studies • American Studies
2018. Director & Producer Stephen Maing. Executive Producer Laura Poitras. Producers Ross Tuttle & Eric Daniel Metzgar. Executive Producer for Field of Vision Charlotte Cook.
112 Minutes.

Amidst a landmark class action lawsuit over illegal policing quotas, Emmy Award winner CRIME + PUNISHMENT chronicles the real lives and struggles of a group of black and Latino whistleblower cops and the young minorities they are pressured to arrest and summons in New York City.


A highly intimate and cinematic experience with unprecedented access, CRIME + PUNISHMENT examines the United States' most powerful police department through the brave efforts of a group of active duty officers and one unforgettable private investigator who risk their careers and safety to bring light to harmful policing practices which have plagued the precincts and streets of New York City for decades.

Best Documentary Feature
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Reviews & Quotes

"Crime + Punishment is a powerful documentary that takes the viewer from an intimate cafe conversation to a Rikers’ cells. It is highly recommended for study in Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Urban Studies."

Video Librarian ★★★

F. Swietek

"Presenting a strong critique of profit-based malfeasance within the NYPD, this is recommended."

"Crime + Punishment advances a thorough critique of American law enforcement not by generalizing or speechifying, but by digging into particular lives and circumstances, allowing affected individuals to speak for themselves."

“Sensitive portraiture and vigorous investigative reporting, Crime + Punishment tracks the struggle of minority police officers within the NYPD to reshape the culture of law enforcement itself. Maing’s film also proves arresting in its compositions, its moody, city-spanning drone photography, its occasional playful looseness. But its power rises from the courage of its subjects, men and women who don’t necessarily want to be fighting the system — they’re eager to be out there in their city, policing the way they consider just."