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In 2012, California amended its "Three Strikes" law — one of the harshest criminal sentencing policies in the country. The passage of Prop. 36 marked the first time in U.S. history that citizens voted to shorten sentences of those currently incarcerated. Within days the reintegration of thousands of "lifers" was underway.

THE RETURN examines this unprecedented reform through the eyes of those on the front lines — prisoners suddenly freed, families turned upside down, and reentry providers helping navigate complex transitions.

THE RETURN gets to the heart of the current issue of mass incarceration in our nation and highlights the need for attention to equality in justice.

83 minutes
SDH Captioning for the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing

Directed by Kelly Duane de la Vega, Katie Galloway
Produced by Kelly Duane de la Vega, Katie Galloway, Ariella J. Ben-Dov
Executive Producer: Anne Devereux-Mills
Editor: Greg O'Toole
Writers: Kelly Duane de la Vega, Katie Galloway, Greg O'Toole
Director of Photography: Mario Furloni
Co-Producers: Mario Furloni, Becky Korman
Original Music: Tyler Strickland
Executive Producer for ITVS: Sally Jo Fifer
A co-production of Loteria Films & Independent Television Service (ITVS) with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)

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