FDL Movie Night: Released

By: Monday May 6, 2013 4:59 pm

The United States has the highest prison population in the world. Over 2.25 million people are incarcerated, with an additional 5 million on parole or probation; two-thirds of those released from prison will return behind bars within three years. Released, directed by tonight’s guest Philip F. Messina, follows the stories of four parolees who prove that the implacable tide of recidivism can be reversed–under the right circumstances.

Released is based on the Off-Broadway play The Castle, developed from the real life stories of Vilma Ortiz Donovan, Kenneth Harrigan, Casimiro Torres and Angel Ramos, who combined spent over 70 years in prison. After leaving prison with no homes to go to and no jobs for support, they found a unique program known as “The Castle”, a 62-bed reentry facility run by former prisoners in New York City.


Supreme Court: California Must Reduce Prison Population

By: Monday May 23, 2011 11:45 am

The Supreme Court ruled in a long-standing case in California, ending an odyssey that has spanned two governors. They said today that the state is violating the Constitutional rights of prisoners by holding them in overcrowded lockups without adequate medical care. It upheld the ruling by a federal appeals court that California must release some of those prisoners.

Dr. Welner Defends His Testimony in Khadr Trial, Spreads Administration Propaganda on Detainee “Recidivism”

By: Wednesday December 29, 2010 8:30 am

Last week The Washington Post published an op-ed by forensic psychiatrist Michael Welner, “What I really said about radical jihadism.” Dr. Welner achieved some notoriety for his testimony in the sentencing phase of the trial of fomer child soldier and Guantanamo prisoner, Omar Khadr. Welner’s op-ed merits a thorough analysis as it propels Obama administration arguments while defending Welner’s own testimony.

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