Steve James presents the story of the Sungs and their struggle to save their family-run Chinatown bank from a misguided prosecution based on cultural incompetence.
“The Return” reveals why a lawyer, deeply involved in the resentencing of Three Strikers as a way of reducing mass incarceration, placed reentry services near the top of his concerns.
In a Penn series of climate policy ideas, Prof. Austin suggests learning from Hurricane Katrina aftermath to conceptualize climate justice
Penn Law documentary sheds light on discriminatory impact of Pennsylvania Victims Assistance Compensation Program
The Penn Program on Documentaries and the Law, directed byLaw Professor Regina Austin, has produced a new documentary that exposes the discriminatory impact of a provision of the VCAP law that denies assistance to victims who contribute, or are suspected of contributing, to their own death or injury.
A visual call to justice on a lamp post in West Philadelphia??
In new paper, Austin provides backstory to production of “Second Looks, Second Chances” documentary calling for reforms in parole eligibility for life sentences
The documentary was the result of a joint effort between the Penn Program on Documentaries and the Law (“Docs&theLaw”), of which Professor Austin is the director, Lifers, Inc. at Graterford State Correctional Institution, and the Pennsylvania Prison Society.
Join the Quattrone Center and the Penn Program on Documentaries and the Law on February 6 for a screening of the provocative documentary from acclaimed director Steve James.
In honor of Human Rights Day on December 10th, Hayley Winograd L’17, shares her reflections on her documentary A Dignified Death, which addresses issues of the treatment of prisoners and compassionate release from Pennsylvania state prisons. Introduction by Editor Patricia Stottlemyer, L’17.
Prof. Austin’s year-long Visual Legal Advocacy seminar teaches how to make a case from behind the camera
The story of a serial killer who took advantage of crack culture to prey on black women can tell us much about what is wrong with the notion of “the good victim.”
A federal judge refused to dismiss the lawsuit by an activist who was arrested while filming protests in 2011. Now the filmmaker and her legal team will have a chance to investigate the city’s training policies regarding the First Amendment and handling the media.
Documentary television footage contradicts a police officer’s testimony about a stop-and-frisk, and leads a federal district court to find that the officer violated the defendant’s constitutional rights.