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POV Season 29
Trailer | 05/23/2016

In 2012, California amended its "Three Strikes" law, shortening the sentences of thousands of "lifers." See this unprecedented reform through the eyes of those on the front lines — prisoners suddenly freed, families turned upside down and attorneys and judges wrestling with an untested law. A co-production of American Documentary | POV and ITVS. A co-presentation with the National Black…

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Film Credits —

  • Katie Galloway
  • Kelly Duane de la Vega

Critical Acclaim —

“A quiet look at a subject few people in a country with a bulging prison population want to think about: how best to reintroduce former inmates into society. . . . The Return . . . helps open up a world that most of society doesn’t want to think about but should.”

— Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times