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A searing look at the consequences of mandatory minimum sentencing, The Sentence is the first film from Rudy Valdez, who tells the story of his sister Cindy Shank. A mother of three, Shank received a 15-year mandatory sentence for conspiracy charges related to her deceased ex-boyfriend’s crimes.
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Lunch & Listen: The Power of Family Advocates w/ @KevinARing @thereelrudyv @cindyshank44 & her sweet daughter Autumn discussing @TheSentenceDoc and sharing their story. Rudy urged people to share their stories too so we can create change. #FAMM4Reform19 #FamiliesServeTimeToo pic.twitter.com/87tQUbuOsi
— Veda Ajamu (@vedaajamu) May 18, 2019
.@thereelrudyv calls on families to tell their stories: “The system makes people ashamed; it’s time to turn that shame around and put it on the system.” #cjreform #FAMM4Reform19 @FAMMFoundation @TheSentenceDoc pic.twitter.com/xUQfx48b9x
— Molly M. Gill (@mmgillwriter) May 18, 2019
“I looked around the courtroom to see if anyone would speak up. And no one did. It was business as usual. So I told myself I had to fight. I had to do something,” @thereelrudyv on why he started @TheSentenceDoc. #FAMM4Reform19 #LunchandLearn
— FAMM Foundation (@FAMMFoundation) May 18, 2019
the amazing shank women. #FAMM4Reform19 pic.twitter.com/pb3qicKQMQ
— celeste (@thejuryroomblog) May 19, 2019