Benevolence, a journey from prison to home follows the journey of five women as they are released from prison and move onto Benevolence Farm in Alamance County, NC. This documentary film is an important educational tool for engaging with contemporary issues related to women and criminal justice reform. It promotes instructive discussions about how gender affects incarceration and reentry and reveals what women face as they move from prison back into society.
“I think Benevolence is an excellent tool for the classroom.” Dr. Catherine D. Marcum, Assistant Chair, Department of Government and Justice Studies, Appalachian State University, Author (with Lisa M. Carter) of Female offenders and reentry: Pathways and barriers to returning to society
“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