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A Sentence of Their Own

Directed and Produced by Edgar A. Barens (2001), 64 minutes, VHS video, $125

Review by Hans Sherrer

Produced in the form of a home video, A Sentence of Their Own documents the negative impact of a man's 1996 seven-year prison sentence on his wife and son. The most obvious effect was the man's family was deprived of the emotional and financial support he provided. The family was further impacted by his imprisonment over 1,000 miles from home. They couldn't afford to visit him in New Hampshire more than once a year for a few days, and they couldn't afford to talk with him on the phone more than 30 minutes per month.

A Sentence of Their Own provides food for thought to people who haven't experienced imprisonment as a family member. The video can help those people become aware of the harmful side effects of the sentence concurrently served by a prisoner's family.

A Sentence of Their Own is an excellent consciousness raising tool suitable for children of all ages, churches and activist groups. For information write:

Edgar A. Barens
Columbus Circle Station
P.O. Box 20843
New York, NY 10023

The video's website is:

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