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Perception: From Prison to Purpose—a documentary

This documentary deals with an issue of concern to many of us: the school-to-prison pipeline.

It tells the story of Noah Schultz, who was arrested for attempted murder, sentenced under "Measure 11", and incarcerated for seven years. (Measure 11, which took effect in 1995, requires anyone convicted under the law to serve the whole of his or her sentence, with no reduction for good behavior.)

Pushed to better himself and challenge perceptions of what it means to be an inmate, Noah took full advantage of rehabilitation programs, workshops, and educational services. Now he has gone from gang member, drug dealer, and prisoner, to college graduate, author, and TEDx speaker. Building on his success, he continues to advocate for programs in youth correctional facilities, and hopes to achieve reform of our nation’s prison systems.

Perception: From Prison to Purpose will be shown, in conjunction with a panel discussion, at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave, PORTLAND, OR 97205. It is a co-presentation of the Oregon Justice Resource Center and the NW Film Center.

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