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NCJ Number: 170860 Find in a Library
Title: First-Time Felon
Corporate Author: HBO (Home Box Office) A Time Warner Entertainment Co
United States of America
Project Director: C S Dutton; L Amato; P Weinstein
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: HBO (Home Box Office) A Time Warner Entertainment Co
New York, NY 10036
Sale Source: HBO (Home Box Office) A Time Warner Entertainment Co
1100 Avenue of the America's
New York, NY 10036
United States of America
Type: Biography
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on a true story, this film tells the story of the arrest, incarceration, shock incarceration program, home detention with electronic surveillance, and efforts to find employment experienced by a young black male who lived in Chicago and was arrested for drug possession.
Abstract: The young man received a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years without parole, with the alternative of attendance at a shock incarceration program for nonviolent first-time felons. In prison he was a witness to gangs and violence. His friend who was also incarcerated had a prior offense and was not eligible for the boot camp, which was called the Impact Incarceration Program. The film depicts the military routines and strict discipline of the boot camp, the discipline imposed when two inmates became involved in a fight, the conflict between the correctional supervisors regarding the appropriate level of discipline, and the inmates' involvement in building levees made of sandbags to try to save a nearby town from flooding. The film also shows the offender's return to the community, where he remains on home detention with an electronic ankle bracelet. It also shows his unsuccessful efforts to find employment over a 3-month period; the efforts of his drug-dealer friend to try to bring him into drug dealing; and his alcohol consumption, depression, and suicidal feelings. A postscript notes that he obtained employment after 5 months, has stayed employed since then, and is seeking to become a youth counselor.
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors
Index Term(s): Drug offenders; Ex-offender employment; First time offenders; Offender attitudes; Prison Gangs/Security Threat Groups; Shock incarceration programs; Social reintegration
Note: 1 hour, 45 minutes, VHS, color
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