“A healed gang member will not go back to prison…period.” – Father Gregory Boyle, founder and director of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention and re-integration organization in the country.
Healing Trauma: Beyond Gangs and Prisons dives into the transformational stories of former gang members who have found hope and created lives of possibilities through Homeboy Industries’ career, education and mental health services.
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Healing Trauma: Beyond Gangs and Prisons is the third film in Brave New Films’ Sentencing Reformseries. The series spotlights locally-led organizations that are working to end generational trauma through education, community-based services, employment and therapy. The need for sentencing justice highlights every personal story in the series; it’s a vital need so that the cycle of recidivism can finally stop. Sign up here to host a screening of the Sentencing Reform series in your school or community.
The U.S. government keeps funneling taxpayers’ money into locking up more and more people for longer and longer – and it’s not making us any safer.
Sentencing justice means addressing the underlying systems that have created mass incarceration. Without sentencing justice, people – primarily poor people of color – will continue to be locked up and released in a vicious cycle that fails to address the root causes of systemic issues such as trauma, poverty, and racism.
We need to decriminalize trauma.
For more from Father Boyle and Homeboy Industries, watch the panel discussion from the premiere ofHealing Trauma.
Recent press for Healing Trauma: Beyond Gangs and Prisons:
KABC: New documentary focuses on former gang member success stories from Homeboy Industries
The Nation: To fight mass incarceration we need to decriminalize trauma
Robert Greenwald, President
Brave New Films