Salon Talks: David Arquette


The “Scream” actor is taking on a new project that brings this staggering statistic to life: You’re more likely to go to prison in the United States than anywhere else in the world. David Arquette is a producer of the new documentary, “Survivors Guide to Prison,” which explores America’s broken criminal justice system and provides a guide to surviving it. Arquette joined Salon’s Alyona Minkovski on “Salon Talks” to discuss how the film has opened his eyes to the problems plaguing our country.

Arquette said he used to support capital punishment until he learned about miscarriages of justice and wrongful convictions. “Which direction are we gonna go in as a society?” Arquette asked. “When we kill someone in the judicial system, that’s blood on all of our hands. We’re all murderers at that point.”

The film includes a star-studded lineup of commentators including Busta Rhymes, Macklemore, Danny Trejo and others. The celebrities are trying to draw attention to the problem. “We’re literally in a state of crisis and we need help. We need people to join in. We need to pass legislation,” Arquette said. To hear more, watch the full interview above. And tune into SalonTV's live shows, "Salon Talks" and "Salon Stage", daily at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, streaming live on Salon, Facebook and Periscope.

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