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Film documents transition from prison to society
700,000 inmates are released from prison each year in the U.S. But what happens when they come home?
A film that will be shown here in Pensacola that talks about re-entry from prison to society.
There will be a speaker, Todd Clear tonight at the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition at 6 p.m. tonight. The film, Pull of Gravity, will be shown tomorrow (Wednesday) at two locations and it gives insight on the struggles inmates often face in the days following release back into the community. It will be shown at UWF from 1pm - 3pm and the Saenger Theatre at 6pm.
The film is said to change the way family members, parole officers, and others in a community view inmates who are looking to become positive members of society once they are re-released.
The documentary follows three men in different stages of reentry.
Here in Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward and the reentry alliance of Pensacola are sponsoring the showing. The Mayor and those who have re-entered the workforce after serving prison time say the film has an important purpose.
"We want to help them be successful so they can contribute back into their city, their towns and be a part of the community where they have a positive influence," said Mayor Ashton Hayward.
"I hope they have a positive outlook," said former inmate Ricky Bradley. "We committed crimes but we aren't bad people. We done bad things but we learned our lessons and we want to be law abiding citizens."