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The Return -- Screening And Q & A With Bilal Chatman

September 17, 2017
12:30 pm
The New Parkway Theater

As part of National Recovery Month, Options Recovery Services ( invites you to a special screening of The Return (Peabody finalist; Tribeca Film Festival Selection; Best Bay Area Documentary, SF International Film Festival, 2016). The Return examines the aftermath of Prop. 36 — the 2012 voter initiative which amended California’s “Three Strikes” law, one of the harshest criminal sentencing policies in the U.S. Through the eyes of those on the front lines — prisoners suddenly freed, families turned upside down, reentry providers helping navigate complex transitions, and attorneys and judges wrestling with an untested law — this award winning documentary asks the question: At a moment of reckoning on mass incarceration, what can California’s experiment teach the nation? Every person, and every nation, deserves a second chance. Bilal Chatman — whose story is featured in The Return — is married, currently supervises two work sites, and has spoken about the need for re-entry support from the White House and Capitol Hill to John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight. He will take part in the Q & A/ discussion following the film. Options Recovery Services provides year long substance abuse disorder and and mental health treatment to over 1,000 clients each year, regardless of their ability to pay. Through its Offender Mentor Certification Program, Options played a lead role in developing and implementing California’s first in-custody counselor training program. Options helps candidates re-enter the community by arranging post release assistance, providing wrap around services including housing, and connecting graduates with internships. Q & A will follow the film.


The New Parkway Theater

474 24th St, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
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