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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 83 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: See link below

Copyright Date: 2016
Available in French: No

In 2012, California amended its "Three Strikes" law--one of the harshest criminal sentencing policies in the country. The passage of Prop. 36 marked the first time in U.S. history that citizens voted to shorten sentences of those currently incarcerated. Within days the reintegration of thousands of "lifers" was underway.

THE RETURN examines this unprecedented reform through the eyes of those on the front lines--prisoners suddenly freed, families turned upside down, reentry providers helping navigate complex transitions, and attorneys and judges wrestling with an untested law. At a moment of reckoning on mass incarceration, what can California's experiment teach the nation?
From the award-winning producers of Better This World and El Poeta
"An epic documentary...A critical in-depth look at how the transition from prison to home is stacked with obstacles, often making reentry impossible. It begs the question we all need to address: When is the punishment enough?"
Ann Schwartzman, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Prison Society
"The Return digs deep...It makes the abstract concepts of long prison sentences, petitions for re-sentencing, parole, and re-entry concrete through capturing intensely personal and surprisingly honest interactions between former prisoners, their families, and their lawyers. It poignantly reveals the underbelly of sentencing reform and the post-incarceration challenges individuals and their communities face trying to build a life after prison." - Keramet Reiter, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and Law at University of California-Irvine

DVD Features
DVD includes SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing and scene selection

Nationwide Broadcast, Season Premiere, PBS's "POV"
Audience Award, Documentary, Tribeca Film Festival
Golden Gate Award, Best Bay Area Documentary, San Francisco International Film Festival

Screened at:
Human Rights Watch Film Festival
Justice on Trial Film Festival



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