Friday, 24 July 2015

Beyond Scared Straight: Brothers Beg Their Parents to Let Them Come Home...



Carter
and Matthew each break down during their parents' visit to the jail in
this collection of scenes from "Dougherty County, GA: Weekend Worriers."



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Beyond Scared Straight: Carter's Prison Experience (S9, E5)



See
how easily-influenced 13-year-old Carter handles his prison tour and if
he changes in the aftermath in this web exclusive from "Dougherty
County, GA: Weekend Worriers."



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Beyond Scared Straight: Cin'Que Sees His Brother in Jail (S9, E5)



Cin'Que
is shocked by his brother Ke'Yon's experiences as a prison inmate in
this scene from "Dougherty County, GA: Weekend Worriers."

Beyond Scared Straight: Matthew's Prison Experience (S9, E5)



Watch how a prison tour affects abusive 12-year-old Matthew in this web exclusive from "Dougherty County, GA: Weekend Worriers."







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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

LOST FOR LIFE - Documentary on Youth In Prison with Joshua Rofé



LOST
FOR LIFE, the documentary tracing the effects of imprisonment on youth
offenders, and how life sentencing for minors has caused a moral crisis
in the justice system, is shared with the trailer and discussion
courtesy of director Joshua Rofé. The broken system, lost concept of
rehabilitation, and the larger concept of forgiveness in a society that
is fixated on punishment is all explored in this Media Mayhem interview.

GUEST BIO:
Joshua
Rofé is a director and writer known for THE GRAY IN BETWEEN, BROOKLYN
BATTERY and THE SMALLEST RIVER IN ALMIRANTE. He was born in Brooklyn,
New York to immigrant parents. Discovering the films of Rainer Werner
Fassbinder, Martin Scorsese, John Cassavetes, and Werner Herzog set him
on the path of making films. It was the sense of urgency and brutal
honesty in their respective works that inspired and helped shape him as a
filmmaker. After hearing a story from a friend’s father, who is a
judge, about a 15-year-old girl he had sentenced to Life Without Parole,
Rofé knew what his next film would be LOST FOR LIFE, which is also his
first documentary.
In the United States today, more than 2,500
individuals are serving life-without-parole sentences for crimes they
committed when they were 17 years old or younger. Children as young as
13 are among the thousands serving these sentences. LOST FOR LIFE, tells
the stories of these individuals, of their families' and of the
families of victims of juvenile murder. It is the result of
writer-director-producer Joshua Rofé’s intensive efforts over four
years.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Locked Up for Skipping School: Christel's Story | FRONTLINE





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There are 2.3 million people locked up in the United States, around half for non-violent crimes. This is Christel's story. She says she's locked up for skipping school. 

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Thursday, 11 June 2015

Stuck In The School-To-Prison Pipeline





Getting into trouble as a kid is easy. But if the punishment is juvenile hall or probation, getting out isn't so simple. The CARE program (Center for Academic Re-Entry and Empowerment) focuses on at-risk youth and aims to give them the self-worth they need to pull themselves up. Click the link to learn more about the program at the Bayview Hunters Point YMCA: http://www.ymcasf.org/bayview