For many Americans of color, our criminal justice system seems far from just. Historical inequities have contributed to a chronically fraught relationship between police and minority communities, and numerous questions about prisoner treatment plague our system, which has one of the highest rates of incarceration in the world. As a society, how can we affirm the value of law and order while still making sure it is fair for the most vulnerable among us? Read more
“Soon the television cameras will get packed up,” reflected Alex Altman for Time the day after Michael Brown’s funeral, “leaving a town that has become the latest shorthand for America’s racial divide to figure out how to translate the energy, intensity and anger of the past two weeks into concrete change.” Read more
Kenneth Young was sentenced to die in prison when he was 15 years old. Across the country more than 2500 kids sentenced to life without parole are hoping for a second chance.
15 TO LIFE weaves Kenneth’s legal battle for release with the story of his difficult childhood, and the circumstances that lead to a 30-day crime spree that changed his life forever. Read more
Since 2014, Media Impact Funders has been showcasing the work of producers dedicated to creating documentaries in the public interest through our annual Media Impact Festival. This year’s Media Impact Festival is a partnership with the AFI DOCS Film Festival in Washington, D.C., from June 14-18. We’ll be celebrating the following 10 media projects, which […]
Lock It Down America!, a web film supporting the 2013 feature film Snitch, explores the consequences of Federal Mandatory Minimum drug laws and the use of confidential drug informants. Becoming one of the 2.2 million people behind bars is easier than you think.
Dwayne Johnson stars as John Matthews, a businessman hit hard when his teenage son is wrongfully ensnared in a drug bust and threatened with a terrifying 10-30 years in federal prison (under the US government’s draconian minimum drug sentencing laws). Read more
In the criminal justice system, public defenders play an integral role in making sure that defendants are properly represented. Gideon’s Army is a documentary which follows three young public defenders in the Deep South through their struggles to do this important work. Read more