Federal Task Force Recommends Reducing Number Of Inmates By 60,000 In 10 Years

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in The Film

NPR Story by Carrie Johnson A bipartisan task force created by Congress issued “an urgent call to action” Tuesday to overhaul the nation’s federal prisons and reduce the number of U.S. inmates by 60,000 over the next decade. A new report from the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections found that punitive mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes represent “the primary driver” of prison overcrowding. The report recommends they be...

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Obama Bans the Box for Federal Employees

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in The Film

Obama bans the box By Ari Melber, MSNBC On Monday, President Obama is announcing a new order to reduce potential discrimination against former convicts in the hiring process for federal government employees. It is a step towards what many criminal justice reformers call “ban the box” – the effort to eliminate requirements that job applicants check a box on their applications if they have a criminal record. While the rule was once seen as a common sense way for employers to...

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Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in The Film

Free At Last! The 2014 regional documentary, “Outcasts: Surviving the Culture of Rejection,” is now available for free viewing online on at cultureofrejection.org. Since its regional premiere, four film festival selections, and its broadcast debut on East Tennessee PBS, “Outcasts: Surviving the Culture of Rejection,” has continued to send ripples of new awareness through audiences about today’s criminal justice system. Aditionally, Governor Haslam  appointed a 27-member...

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Final Report of the Governor’s Task Force on Sentencing and Recidivism

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in The Film

In August 2014, three months after the release of “Outcasts,” Governor Haslam appointed 27 members to the Governor’s Task Force on Sentencing and Recidivism, including six members of the legislature, five current and former district attorneys general, three sheriffs and police chiefs, a county mayor, five executive branch officials, three judges, one public defender, one victim advocate, one community programming provider, and two representatives of the business...

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My Son Will Die in Prison

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in The Film

Petitioning Jerry Brown Reduce my son’s unjust sentence Petition by Elizabeth Stewart Santee, California The following is from change.org: My son Jeremy Stewart has been given 70 years in prison for stealing. He was convicted of burglarizing two homes while the residents were out. There was no confrontation, no threats, and no violence at the time California had a harsh three strikes law. My son had two prior nonviolent offenses, the judge made the decision to enforce...

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