FAMM hosts screening of award-winning HBO documentary “The Sentence” in North Carolina - FAMM


FAMM hosts screening of award-winning HBO documentary “The Sentence” in North Carolina

Categories: Affected Families, Blog, North Carolina, Press Release, Prison Reform

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019

Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700


NC State Rep. Jon Hardister and impacted family members Tammy and Kenny Stanley to discuss how mandatory drug sentences affect families.

Greensboro, N.C. – The criminal justice reform advocacy group FAMM, in collaboration with Conservatives for Criminal Justice Reform, is hosting a screening and panel discussion of “The Sentence,” an award-winning new documentary about the impact of mandatory minimum sentencing on a Michigan family.

The screening will take place Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in Greensboro.

“The Sentence” Movie Screening and Panel Discussion
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019
RED Cinemas
1305 Battleground Ave.
Greensboro, NC 27408

Following the film, Guilford County Representative Jon Hardister will join Guilford residents Tammy and Kenny Stanley. The Stanleys are the parents of Kenneth “Graham” Stanley, who received a mandatory minimum 16-year sentence at age 25 for his minor role in a cocaine sale to an undercover officer. Graham struggled with addiction for years before his conviction and has served 10 years in state prison so far.

North Carolina is considering reforming its mandatory minimum drug sentencing laws after the legislature’s Task Force on Sentencing Reforms for Opioid Drug Convictions released a final report recommending the enactment of sentencing reforms in December 2018. FAMM is urging North Carolina lawmakers to pass drug sentencing reforms this year.

“The Sentence” won the 2018 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award. The documentary tells the story of Cindy Shank, who received a 15-year mandatory sentence for drug conspiracy charges. Cindy’s brother Rudy Valdez, a filmmaker, coped with his frustration and sadness by filming his family’s life as the years passed, both the everyday details and the milestones. The family’s fight for Cindy’s release is at the core of this deeply personal portrait of a family in crisis.

For nearly three decades, FAMM has united the voices of affected families, the formerly incarcerated, and a range of stakeholders and advocates to fight for a more fair and effective justice system. FAMM’s focus on ending a one-size-fits-all punishment structure has led to reforms to sentencing and prison policies in 6 states and is paving the way to programs that support rehabilitation for the 94% of all prisoners who will return to our neighborhoods one day.


FAMM is a national nonpartisan advocacy organization that promotes fair and effective criminal justice policies that safeguard taxpayer dollars and keep our communities safe. Founded in 1991, FAMM is helping transform America’s criminal justice system by uniting the voices of impacted families and individuals and elevating the issues all across the country.

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