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Character Analysis Of From Prison To Home

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For this assignment we had to watch the film From Prison to Home. This film is about people in prison getting out and being on parole. Not only are these people on parole they are trying to live life with obstacles and stay out of trouble. Now this movie in particular follows four men who have been released and are going through a special program, this program is called the African American Program. This program in particular is supposed to be able to help out African Americans get the help they need so they can stay out of trouble. The four men that this movie follows are; Richard, Arthur, Calvin, Randy.
This whole movie is based around these four men and to discuss them we are going to ...view middle of the document...

Arthur then goes on and does a lot more stupid things and I believe he ends back up in jail.
We are moving onto the next person in this movie, this person is Calvin. Calvin is a 49 year old man who has a dope problem. For Calvin to get clean he is living with his sister and going to school. Calvin is also working and trying to find a job, but it is slightly difficult for him to do so. Then later in the film Calvin’s sister then gets ill and he stops his job and schooling to take care of her. His sister then passes away and he states that he did do dope one more time, but decided to not do it again and stay clean. At the end of the film Calvin was doing okay.
The last person we are going to talk about is Randy. Randy is a man who had just gotten out of prison after serving 16 years for murder. Through the whole movie randy has been struggling with finding a job because everywhere he tries to go just looks at the fact that he served time for murder. During the movie Randy is always looking at the bright side of life and looking toward his family to get him going in the right direction, and he even has another child with his girlfriend. At the end of the film Randy is doing great and living up to his expectations of his parole.
I personally believe the filmmakers created this film to get awareness out for how hard it is for paroles to reintegrate back into civilian life. Also I feel that the filmmakers have four key points that I found within this film. These four key points have a huge role in parole and what makes it so hard for these people to get their lives straight. The first key point is poverty. Poverty makes getting out of prison extremely hard because these people may only have the shirts on their backs so they have the tendency to possibly do petty crimes to stay alive. Now in our book they state that a parole board will look at the possible rate of reoffending but the type of reoffending may be petty in nature. Barton-Bellessa, S., & Hanser, R., (2012). I link this to poverty because I think that a parole board would have to consider the types of things people will do when they are in poverty.
In this film a major thing that was portrayed was job discrimination, this was seen with every one of the men who was in the film. For example Randy was unable to get a job because he had been to jail for murder. He stated that all of the employers had acted like they would call him or get in touch but had never actually thought twice about really hiring him. Job discrimination is a major issue with these paroles because if they are unable to get a job or keep a job then they may turn to crime to get the things they need.
The next key point that the film made is that the reintegration into family life and the community have major impacts on how the person can get through his parole and keep up his positive work. In our text book one of the things it states about prior to...

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