“Watching Benevolence showed how difficult the transition process for formerly incarcerated women has been while at the same time showing the humanity of a population that is so often overlooked. I am glad that the film shows diverse perspectives on a problem that effects so many.
What Benevolence did not show was a group of down-trodden women with criminal pasts. It showed strong, humble, human women who had to learn to live a different life under the most taxing of circumstances in an environment that allows them to take pride in their contributions.
The film also calls into question the limited resources available to women specifically, after being released from prison. I was able to show this film to my Justice Studies students and the common consensus was that the film was engaging, timely and necessary. The film proved to be a great addition to our course discussions on women and prison/reentry. I have also recommended, that once available, our department has it on-hand for many discussions around women and criminal justice.”
Rolanda JW Spencer, EdD, Author of Reexamining Reentry: The Policies, People, and Programs of the United States Prisoner Reintegration Systems
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“The film is an important contribution to discussions we need to have about the correctional system in the US with its record incarceration rates that have affected women disproportionately in the last two decades. The film is also a feminist statement as it creates space for unheard voices and an innovative program that hopefully finds multiplication.”
Daniela Jauk, PhD, Feminist Sociologist, Research Specialist with Oriana House