I also wanted to bring to your attention a new Netflix original documentary, 13TH, by Ava DuVernay (director, Selma). The title of the film refers to the 13th Amendment, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” 13TH makes the case for how the second qualifying clause of this amendment led to mass criminalization and our sprawling American prison industrial complex. I am featured in the film, along with a variety of criminal justice activists, politicians, historians and formerly incarcerated individuals. You can watch the documentary on Netflix.
We hope that these print and video productions contribute to the growing national momentum for criminal justice reform.
The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective U.S. justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration.
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