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Interview with Documentary filmmaker Tamara Perkins

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Based out of Berkeley, California - Tamara Perkins shares the stories of two men, Noel and Harrison, who were incarcerated with a life sentence as juveniles. After being imprisoned for decades these two men get a chance of Life After Life and are released.

In this interview we have the opportunity to bear witness to the struggle, hope, and truth that isn't a part of the traditional public safety rhetoric. In my conversation with Ms Perkins we learn who really lives behind bars and how the incarceration system plays a role in systemic and institutional racism.

Through this nearly 20-minute edited discussion Tamara describes the humanity of men and women who have been labeled as less than human by the treatment and public disregard they endure.

When a person becomes incarcerated in our society too often we forget they exist. As Tamara stated, "it's just that one act" that defines the incarcerated. Too often, those who are behind bars are labeled for their crime rather than their humanity.

In her film Life after Life Tamara takes us through the experiences of two men who have been given life sentences and later released. Listen to Dr Crain's interview with Tamara Perkins to learn about their journey to justice and healing.