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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The Grand Old Paramount

Posted by on Jun 14, 2015 in The Film

As you know, we were honored to be selected by the Push Film Festival in Bristol, Tennessee and Virginia. Push is our fourth film festival and since it’s a 30 minute drive away, the closest to us.  The screening of “Outcasts: Surviving the Culture of Rejection” was held at the Paramount Center for the Performing Arts, on the Tennessee side of State Street, which divides the town right down the middle between Tennessee and Virginia. The festival jurors...

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Outcasts is a 2015 PUSH Film Festival Selection

Posted by on May 30, 2015 in The Film

Great news! Outcasts will be screened at the PUSH! Film Festival, a first-year event that will take place on the weekend of June 12—14, 2015 in bustling Historic Downtown Bristol TN/VA. Outcasts will be shown Sunday June 14th at 11am at the Paramount Theatre (518 State St. Bristol, TN). As a celebration of the cinematic and visual arts in the heart of the twin cities of Bristol, the festival will bring diverse films to our community and showcase the best regional...

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