Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Return’

Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Return’
The U.S. leads the world in prison population, both as a total number and per-capita, yet lags well behind many other nations in terms of re-integrating ex-cons back into civilian life — a lack “The Return” illustrates with particular acuteness. Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway’s feature follows men released after recent reform of the 1994 California “Three Strikes” law that had seen them and thousands of others given virtual life sentences for frequently petty crimes, suddenly starting over after years of anticipating no such chance. Their struggles are depicted in a film that’s naturally compelling despite some narrative gap, as evidenced by its audience award win at the Tribeca film festival.

Though not the first state to enact similar legislation (trailblazer Texas at one point upheld the contested life sentence of a man whose three felonies comprised a grand total of $230 in fraudulent activity), California’s 1994 Proposition 184 was the most sweeping,
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