Humanities Institute

Controversy & Conversation Film Screening: "The Return"

Thu, November 2, 2017 | APL Terrazas Branch, 1105 East Cesar Street, Austin, TX, 78702

6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

The Return
The Return

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. The film asks, at a moment of reckoning on mass incarceration, what can California’s experiment teach the nation?

Watch the trailer for THE RETURN here

Join us on for a reception at 6:30pm. The screening will begin at 7pm, to be followed by a brief conversation.

Controversy & Conversation is a collaboration between the Difficult Dialogues Program and the Austin Public Library.

Please join us for these upcoming film screenings, on the first Thursday of every month.  All screenings are free and open to the public.

Sponsored by: The Humanities Institute

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