Today: Film Screening of "The Return" on California's Three Strikes Law

The Return Documentary Film Screening
Wednesday, May 11th
Kane 210
LSJ and the Department of Communications are sponsoring the screening of a film, The Return, that focuses on the experiences of prisoners trying to re-integrate into society. The film recently won awards at the Cannes Film Festival in New York, and will be aired on PBS in the near future. The film will be shown Wed., May 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Kane 210. After the film screening, there will be a panel discussion with the film's directors! 


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?