U.S. Attorney, Ex-Convict Team Up to Do Prisoner Re-entry Documentary


An odd partnership between ex-convict El Sawyer 34, and Pennsylvania U.S. attorney Zane David Memeger has resulted in an hour-long documentary on prisoner re-entry, “Pull of Gravity,” to be screened tonight, says the Philadelphia Inquirer. Memeger backed the project with $30,000 in Justice Department funds.

“People like myself can talk to young people, say ‘Don’t commit crime,’ but at the end of the day we’re viewed as men in suits, women in suits, ‘You don’t understand me,’ ” Memeger said. “We have to find people the young audience can identify with.” Memeger said the relationship with Sawyer and his co-film director grew out of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s mandate in 2010 to address violent crime in cities through prevention and a focus on reentry as well as prosecution. “You can’t arrest your way out of a problem,” Memeger said. “Most offenders will get back out into the community.”

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