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PBS—Now Streaming: THE RETURN

August 20, 2020September 30, 2020

A person with brown skin and a bald head grins with their eyes closed as they hug another person with short light brown hair.

PBS—Catch a free stream of the California Humanities-supported film The Return (2016) a POV Feature Film.

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?

A co-production of American Documentary | POV and ITVS. A co-presentation with the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC). Official Selection of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

Watch it free at this link
until September 30, 2020.

The Return is supported by California Humanities through a California Documentary Project grant.



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