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Raised in the System—Documentary Screening and Discussion

Actor and producer Michael K. Williams’ one-hour HBO VICE documentary about the people effected by the juvenile justice system takes viewers inside detention facilities, where Williams (Omar Little in The Wire and Chalky White in Boardwalk Empire) speaks directly with juveniles about their pathways into the system. Williams also talks with incarcerated adults about how their experiences as juveniles contributed to their adult incarceration. The film explores alternative models of juvenile justice—in places like Toledo, Ohio, and Richmond, California—that offer more hope for rehabilitation instead of incarceration.

This event will include a screening of the film and post-screening conversation with Williams, Williams’ nephew Dominic Dupont—one of the subjects featured in Raised in the System—and Tara Huffman, director of Open Society Institute–Baltimore's Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program. The conversation will be moderated by Dana Rachlin of NYC Together, a social justice organization taking a unique approach to interrupting the school-to-prison pipeline, in partnership with the NYPD.


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    Tara Huffman


    Tara Huffman is the director of the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program at OSI-Baltimore.

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    Michael K. Williams


    Michael K. Williams is an actor and producer, best known for his roles as Omar Little in The Wire and Chalky White in Boardwalk Empire.

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    Dominic Dupont


    Dominic Dupont, featured in Raised in the System, was incarcerated for 21 years for a crime he committed at the age of 17.

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    Dana Rachlin


    Dana Rachlin is the founder and executive director of NYC Together.

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