World Premiere
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Nile hall, Preservation Park, Oakland, CA

In the United States, 90,000 youth find themselves in juvenile detention centers on any given night and 2.2 million youth are arrested each year. In California, the state youth prison systems cost $216,000 per child per year while a mere $8,000 per child are allocated to Oakland public schools. Film Director Greg O' Toole (Run Out Films) and producer Zachary Norris (Former Director Books Not Bars) traveled to Victoria, Canada, San Jose, California, Yucaipa, California and Washington DC and interviewed juvenile justice experts and youth from around the country to determine how model juvenile justice systems function. Learning from our Mistakes combines these first-hand accounts of system reform with images from inside effective, rehabilitation programs and features music from Spearhead, Moby and Ryan Luckey, among others.

The result is a compelling call to action to California leaders and citizens: by utilizing programs and practices with proven track records, state and local governments can reduce the number of youth who are locked up and save hundreds of thousands of dollars. Youth attest to the difference between juvenile halls that drove them to despair and further into the system and programs and mentorship that eventually saved their lives.

California was once ground zero for youth incarceration in this country. By Learning from Our Mistakes, we can now lead the nation in transforming juvenile justice systems to lift youth up rather than locking them down.

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