Red Hook, Brooklyn- a neighborhood plagued by a cycle of unemployment, poverty and crime- established a community court in 2000. RED HOOK JUSTICE is a one-hour documentary that follows the ups and downs of several defendants and staffers involved in this legal revolution- in which offenders are sentenced to job training, drug counseling and community service instead of jail time. When the Red Hook Community Justice Center opened, it was the first of its kind. Now it is a model for dozens of courts nationwide. With its unique access, RED HOOK JUSTICE captures the first, crucial steps in the Center's life, documenting its successes, failures, and challenges as this experiment unfolds.
RED HOOK JUSTICE will be broadcast nationally on PBS's Independent Lens series on Tuesday May 24th at 10PM (check local listings).
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