"Beyond the Wall forces you to experience the overwhelming challenges that need to be overcome by returning citizens. C ourt personnel, judges and prosecutors should see Beyond the Wall to help them empathize and understand the support that is necessary to those they are sentencing."
- Former US Attorney Carmen Ortiz

Beyond the Wall Takes On North Dakota

On April 27th we collaborated with a reentry organization, Centre Inc., based in Fargo, North Dakota, to host a screening of Beyond the Wall. 
The screening was held at the Administrative building of the North Dakota State Penitentiary for an audience of 140, primarily state Corrections staffs along with key policy influencers, including:

Leann Bertsch (Director of the Department of Corrections)
, First Lady of ND Kathryn Helgas Bergrum, Karianne Jackson (Director of DOCR-Correctional Practices), Dr. Lisa Peterson (Clinical Director, North Dakota Department of Corrections), and Colby Braun (Warden of North Dakota State Penitentiary). 
This screening event is the first of several planned throughout North Dakota, with our  After Incarceration, There's Life  campaign, which seeks to better prepare inmates for the reentry process and build more supportive networks within the communities to which they are returning.  Future screenings, including the next one in Fargo (date TBD)  will be community-focused and emphasize  North Dakota Justice Reinvestment policy , which bolsters peer support specialists. 

The film validates previous North Dakota budget decisions for supportive reentry counseling and may also be used for future trainings and certification processes for peer support specialists to work in criminal justice settings. 

TAKE ACTION NOW. Host a screening in your community.
In the News & on the Radio

Beyond the Wall has been featured on TV and in the news over the past few weeks. 

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Louie Diaz and Sheriff Koutoujian speak with Joel Heitkamp (KFGO)
Both returned citizen / Reentry Coordinator and Sheriff share their personal stories and how  Beyond the Wall can help raise awareness around the realities of reentry.

Louie Diaz Listen here 
Sheriff Koutoujian
Listen here
That Got Me Thinking with Ellie Newman: Listen Here
Director Jenny Phillips spoke with Newman about the film in advance of the screening at Peace on Earth Film Festival in Chicago.  "The film ends up having very human stories (rising from) the statistics of recidivism and being plagued by issues of addiction, poverty, lack of education and jobs." 

Podcast: Seattle Central Library and Pioneer Human Services

Listen to audio from the enriching panel discussion following the 3/22 screening at the Seattle Central Library, held in partnership with  Pioneer Human Services .

Upcoming Screenings

June 6, 2017 | Worcester University, Worcester, MA
New England School of Addiction and Prevention Studies 

June 10, 2017 |  Waltham, MA
Beyond the Wall Day of Celebration hosted by Joseph Maffei

June 22, 2017 | Holyoke, MA
Hosted by the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Hamden County Sheriff's Office

July (9-12 -TBD)  | Washington, DC
National Association of Drug Court Professionals

August 1, 2017 | New Orleans, LA 
Probation Leadership Summit

Stay up to date and see details at beyondthewallfilm.com/upcoming-screenings

Spread the Word

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