The Command Center To Bring Women Home

Through a collaborative writing process, three women help bring to life an imagined space run by formerly incarcerated women for women with nowhere else to turn but to each other.

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Short-Form Open Call
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Madeleine Hunt - Ehrlich

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The Film

In Pennsylvania, the number of teenagers sentenced to life without the possibility of parole—also known as “death by incarceration”— is the highest in the nation. Between 1980 and 2014, the number of incarcerated women of all ages in the United States increased by more than 700% — rising from a total of 26,378 in 1980 to 215,332 in 2014. Yet the women in The Command Center to Bring Women Home have emerged from adolescent life sentences more resilient, driven, and optimistic than the statistics would imply. 

Through a collaborative writing process, Paulette Carrington, Starr Granger, and Tamika Bell work with filmmakers to bring to life “The Command Center to Bring Women Home,” an imagined space run by formerly incarcerated women for women with nowhere else to turn but each other. As envisioned, The Command Center is a space in which mothers can reunite and heal with their children, women are able to hold and comfort one another—grieving, atoning, mourning losses and beginning to heal. Peppered with real-life testimonies, this film commends the creation of The Command Center with support from women who are living these experiences today. Representing the more than 2,500 youth who have been sentenced to life without parole in the United States, Paulette, Starr, and Tamika have much to share.

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