"Shakedown in Santa Fe" uses graphic still photos and interviews to recall
the 1980 riot at the Penitentiary of New Mexico, in which inmates took 12
hostages and brutally killed 33 fellow prisoners. In the wake of the
massacre, the Federal courts imposed reforms covering almost all aspects of
prison life.;Inmates and prison officers assess these reforms, which some
officials say diminish their authority. Some officers feel that, to all
intents and purposes, the prisoners are running the facility.
Brittany likes getting to see the improvement a person can make, and knowing that what she instructed them to do was beneficial to them.