The Sentence (Film & Discussion)

Ever wondered why mandatory minimum sentences are so controversial? Pay a visit through film to the family of Cindy Shank, mother of three, who is serving a 15-year sentence in federal prison for her tangential involvement with a Michigan drug ring years earlier. Captured by Shank’s brother, this intimate portrait of the devastating consequences of mandatory minimum drug sentencing follows her and her family over the course of ten years.

Festival: 2018

Watch and Listen: Justice

America's problem with race has deep roots. With the country's foundation tied to the near extermination of... See more
Our juvenile justice system is too often overly punitive, inefficient, and outdated—especially given new findings about... See more
Capital punishment in the United States is on the decline, driven largely by evolving public opinion and politics. Why... See more
Instances of wrongful convictions, misconduct by some prosecutors, public concern over mass incarceration, and evidence... See more
When Damon Tweedy begins medical school, he envisions a bright future where his segregated, working-class background... See more
Featured Ideas Festival Scholars include Lashon Amado, María Teresa Kumar, Michael McAfee, and Eshauna Smith. Fueling... See more

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