Since I Been Down

Since I Been Down

Directed by Gilda Sheppard

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Three strikes. Hard time for armed crime. No parole. In the 1990s, harsh sentencing laws strangled a community in Washington State, discarding poor youths to gangs. Incarcerated not for rehabilitation but for removal and punishment, these children grew into adults who would not be silenced. This award-winning documentary spotlights inmates who are trying to create a model of restorative justice that extends beyond prison walls. “I don’t think anyone can see this film without recognizing the deep humanity in everyone” —Angela Davis, Distinguished Professor Emerita, University of CA, Santa Cruz.

Three strikes. Hard time for armed crime. No parole. In the 1990s, harsh sentencing laws incarcerated poor youths not for rehabilitation but for removal from society. As adults, they seek restorative justice that extends beyond prison walls.

Cast: Kimonti Carter, Tonya Wilson, Andre Parker, Willie Nobles, Demar Nelson, Virginia Parham, Mary Flowers, Billy Griffin