E&H Student Part of Documentary on Recidivism

Posted on: Thursday, April 24th, 2014 by Brent Treash
An Emory & Henry theatre student serves as an interviewer for a documentary about recidivism – the return of released prisoners to jail – in Tennessee.

An Emory & Henry theatre student serves as an interviewer for a documentary about recidivism – the return of released prisoners to jail – in Tennessee.

Zoe Aguayo, a first-year student from Wilkesboro, N.C. provides random, on-camera interviews of Tennessee residents in the documentary “Outcasts: Surviving the Culture of Rejection,” which examines the devastating effects of recidivism and its impact on Tennessee communities.

Locally produced by Hillhouse Video Works of Kingsport, Tenn., the documentary will premier 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at Northeast State Community College.

Local film producers Stephen Newton wrote and directed the film.

“Once you’re convicted of a felony crime, your chances of having a normal life after you serve your time are slim to none,” Newton said. “Being branded as a felon means you’re barred from most jobs, denied public housing and food stamps; probably you have no transportation and cannot vote. Unless you have family support or qualify for rehabilitation, your felony record condemns you to life your life as an outcast.”

Statistics show that the United States leads the world in the number of peole behind bars. One out of 107 Americans is incarcerated, and one out of every 34 Americans is under some kind of correctional supervision.