How a little-known documentary is helping push criminal justice reform in Congress (The Washington Post)
From The Washington Post
Movies and Capitol Hill tend to mix mostly in throwback work like “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” or in token scenes in popcorn fests such as “Mission: Impossible,” in which lawmakers try to rein in renegade heroes. Otherwise? Policy and protagonists tend to stay pretty far apart.
But a prison reform bill in the Senate improbably owes at least some of its momentum to a movie — not a widely seen Hollywood release but a little-known documentary that has quietly been marshaled by the bill’s backers to sway skeptical lawmakers.