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Help Stop Overcriminalization

by Brave New Films category: Cause

“Is your city OverCriminalized? Every day, police put people behind bars for the wrong reasons. We need reform now! http://thndr.it/ZtwNRT

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Ends Oct 09, 11:00 AM EDT

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This campaign ended on October 09 at 11AM

Did you know that people are routinely put in jails and prison for being homeless, having mental health issues, and using drugs?  Even though it is way more expensive to lock people up than to provide them with treatment programs or housing, most states, counties, and cities still take the easy way out and throw people behind bars. 

Sign up to be part of our Thunderclap to tell elected officials and police departments to STOP OVERCRIMINALIZING non-violent people! 

This video, action and article series will launch October 9th, and will expose the illogical ways we’re using jail time to address a whole host of social problems. Instead of solving problems like drug dependency or homelessness, we’ve criminalized them. This means that the criminal justice system is playing the role of redundant and costly middleman, standing between struggling people and the services they need.  This type of over-criminalizing is a major reason state budgets are buckling under the weight of mass incarceration.

When our tax dollars are picking up the tab, it makes sense to put funds where they will make the biggest impact. Housing programs help solve homelessness. Jobs help solve poverty. Health care treats mental illness. Criminal charges and lock-up just waste time and money.

We’ll tell the stories of people who have been processed through the criminal justice system over and over again, all because their underlying problem was criminalized instead of solved. We’ll then profile the intervention that finally did improve their life and show how removing this problem from the criminal justice system is the less expensive and more effective way to solve it. This series will also give viewers the opportunity to take action, urging cities to adopt the reforms that have worked elsewhere.

Join our Thunderclap and help us spread this message!  Thank you for joining us, and we can't wait to launch the video on October 9th!

  • OverCriminalized made Upworthy - THANK YOU!

    October 17, 2014
    Thanks so much to all who shared.

    Overcriminalized made Upworthy!  This is HUGE!

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  • To Prison For Poverty

    October 6, 2014
    Hey Everybody!

    Just a few more days until the Thunderclap to announce our series, "OverCriminalized"!  We've almost doubled our goal -our social reach is now over 200,000!  We'd love to get to 250k, so please -invite your friends to join us!

    In the meantime, we thought you'd enjoy watching one of our previous films on a similar issue - "To Prison For Poverty".  You can set up a FREE screening of ANY of our films in your classroom or community by emailing screenings@bravenewfilms.org.

    Thanks for watching, and we're excited to launch "OverCriminalized" on Thursday, October 9th!

    Mike Damanskis
    Social Media Manager
    Brave New Films
  • We've reached our Thunderclap goal! But this is only the beginning...

    October 2, 2014
    Thank you to the first 100 supporters of our Thunderclap campaign -our first goal is reached, but we're not going to shut up about this stuff until we achieve REAL reform!

    Our series premieres October 9th -in the meantime, we're releasing short, 15 second promos to our main Brave New Films Facebook page.  Please enjoy, and share to help spread the word!

    Thanks again for participating and drawing attention to these important issues.  We can't wait to launch this series!  And please -invite others to participate!

    Mike Damanskis
    Social Media Manager
    Brave New Films
    socialmedia@bravenewfilms.org
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