See the Justice System at Work: “The Return”

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Sunday, September 25, 2016
5:00 pm | Doors open
5:30 pm | Film Screening, followed by panel discussion
7:30 pm | Reception with drinks and food

Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, California 90403

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?

Join us after the movie for a Q & A with the movie’s directors, protagonists, and HRW’s Children’s Rights senior advocate to discuss the current state of California’s justice system and upcoming changes. The screening and discussion will be followed by a reception with the panelists.


We need volunteers! If interested, contact Kristin for information.

Buy your tickets online, or call 310-477-5540. Tickets are unreserved and seating is first-come, first-served. Tickets will be sold at the door, cash or checks only.

Student tickets – $15                                General tickets – $30


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