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13th Screening & Community Discussion

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Narragansett Community Center

53 Mumford Road

Narragansett, RI 02882

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The South County Chapter of Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) will host a free screening and panel discussion of the award winning documentary 13th, directed by Ava DuVernay (Selma). The film powerfully explores racial inequity in the United States by charting the path from slavery to modern mass incarceration. The documentary, released in October 2016 by Netflix, was made available for free public screenings by the streaming service. RSVP requested.

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Tarshire Battle is a Boston native who made RI her home 13 years ago. She has over 20 years’ experience working in nonprofit settings servicing those who are experiencing homelessness, veterans, substance use and psychiatric disorder. She has a Master in Art in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University and a Master in Public Administration from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She is currently working as a mental health discharge planner at the Adult Correctional Institute to assist those who are incarcerated with mental health issues reintegrate by coordinating wrap around mental health services after they are released into the community.

Nick Horton has been working in Rhode Island within the field of criminal justice reform and prisoner reentry since 2004, when he graduated from Brown University. He has dedicated his career to ending the cycle of crime and re-incarceration, one law at a time and one person at a time. As Policy Director for OpenDoors, Horton helped lead the successful campaigns to return the right to vote to people on probation, to reform court-debt related incarceration, to decriminalize marijuana, to push back against the over-criminalization of sex-workers, to expand Drug Court, and to reform the probation revocation system. Now, as Program Director for the last four years, he founded and runs 9 Yards, an innovative prisoner reentry program that has cut recidivism by 71%.

Edward Coulter was one of the first participants in the 9 Yards program, and graduated from 9 Yards in 2015. He lives in Warwick and has a one year old daughter.

*Mr. Horton and Mr Coulter participate thanks to the support of RI Counsel for the Humanities enRICHment opportunities.

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