Across the country,
more people are leaving prisons and returning to their families
and communities than at any other time in our history. In Rhode
Island, more than 3,700 men and women will leave the prison system
in 2004. Where will they live? Where will they work? Are they
reuniting with families? What readjustment issues face the individuals,
their partners and their children? What transitional support is
available to promote stability, encourage success, and reduce recidivism?
Unless you are
one of these individuals or their families, you may ask yourself,
"What does all this have to do with me?" Reentry of the formerly
incarcerated into society is a complex issue, but the benefits of
successful reentry have significant public safety, social and financial
impact. Their success does affect your community, your neighborhood,
Under a grant
from Outreach Extensions funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation,
Rhode Island PBS is working with Making Connections Providence,
Direct Action for Rights and Equality, Rhode Island Family
Life Center, and Rhode Island Department of Corrections
to raise public awareness and to motivate and mobilize community
action, to foster public safety and support healthy communities.
As part of the Reentry National Media Outreach
Campaign, Rhode Island PBS will air three documentaries
and host five (one of them televised) Community Workshops in October
INFORMED. GET ACTIVE. GET RESULTS.
WATCH THESE DOCUMENTARIES
on WSBE-TV Rhode Island PBS, channel 36/Cox channel 8:
October 7 at 10 p.m.
film tells an emotional story of what happens when untreated
and unskilled former prisoners are returned to society. Clearly
attacking the vengeance long sustained by the criminal justice
system, the film examines a more compassionate - and effective
- approach to rehabilitation.
and Violence: Fatal Peril
October 14 at 10 p.m.
documentary follows nine men of diverse ethnicities who return
to their communities after participating in an intense 4-month
violence prevention project in the San Francisco County Jail.
What I Want My Words To Do To You
November 4 at 10 p.m.
film goes inside a writing workshop consisting of 15 women inmates
- most of whom were convicted of murder - at New York's Bedford
Hills Correctional Facility. The women delve into and expose
the most terrifying places in themselves, as they grapple with
the nature of their crimes and their own culpability.
in a community near you. Each session includes public screening
of relevant documentaries not seen on television, plus panel
discussion with law enforcement, community and faith-based services,
former prisoners and their families, to encourage dialogue and
Warwick Public Library
600 Sandy Lane, Warwick 02889
Introduction by Mayor Scott Avedisian
Tuesday, October 12, 6-8 p.m.
The Met School (Metropolitan Regional & Technical Center)
325 Public Street, Providence 02905
Introduction by Mayor David Cicilline
Tuesday, November 16, 6-8 p.m.
Martin Luther King Center
20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd, Newport 02840
Introduction by Mayor Richard Sardella
Tuesday, November 9, 7-9 p.m.
Pawtucket Public Library
13 Summer Street, Pawtucket 02860
Introduction by Mayor James Doyle
Tuesday, November 23, 6-8 p.m.
workshop includes screening of selected documentary segments and
conversation among guest panelists and the studio audience. AUDIENCE
SEATING IS LIMITED. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ONLY. Call 401-222-3636,
Island PBS Studios
50 Park Lane, Providence 02907
Thursday, November 18, 8 p.m.
INFORMATION ON ANY OF THESE EVENTS, CALL 401-222-3636 x361