Smart Justice: An Animated Series

  1. "I wasn't a bad kid. I just made bad decisions."

    Jason Hernandez was barely 21 when he was sentenced to life without parole, plus 320 years, for a nonviolent drug crime. JASON'S SENTENCE is part of a short animated documentary series about mass incarceration in the U.S., which shows the toll that an abusive and unjust criminal system takes on individuals, families, and communities. Watch all three films: Smart Justice: An Animated Series.

    Client: ACLU's Campaign for Smart Justice
    aclu.org/blog/mass-incarceration/smart-justice/longer-life-sentence

    Director: Elyse Kelly

    Animation director: Elise Simard

    Producer: Holly Stone
    Executive producer: Ron Diamond

    Original music: Brooke Blair & Will Blair

    Story finder/Field producer: Kelly Ramundo
    Location sound mixer: Taylor Faison

    Concept development: Hyun Jin Park
    Lead animation & character design: Kathleen Weldon

    Editors: Dan Fipphen & Elyse Kelly
    Post production sound services: Studio Unknown

    Additional animation:
    Claire Blanchet
    Eva Cvijanovic
    Catherine Dubeau
    Alexandra Lemay
    Lori Malépart-Traversy
    Parissa Mohit
    David Seitz

    Additional compositing: David Seitz

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  2. "You realize you haven't crossed the street in 13 years."

    For Johnny Perez, returning to society and to his family after being in prison for 13 years wasn't easy. JOHNNY'S HOME is part of a short animated documentary series about mass incarceration in the U.S., which shows the toll that an abusive and unjust criminal system takes on individuals, families, and communities. Watch all three films: Smart Justice: An Animated Series.

    Client: ACLU's Campaign for Smart Justice
    aclu.org/blog/mass-incarceration/smart-justice/when-youre-prison-no-one-prepares-you-coming-home

    Director: Elyse Kelly

    Animation director: Anna Bron

    Producer: Holly Stone
    Executive producer: Ron Diamond

    Original music: Brooke Blair & Will Blair

    Story finder/Field producer: Kelly Ramundo
    Location sound mixer: Corey Pointdexter

    Animators/Renderers: Anna Bron & Andrew Whyte

    Editors: Dan Fipphen & Elyse Kelly
    Post production sound services: Studio Unknown

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  3. "My entire life was determined right there, in 30 seconds."

    Lavette Mayes' life and those of her children changed forever after being arrested for having a fight with her mother-in-law. LAVETTE'S CHOICE is part of a short animated documentary series about mass incarceration in the U.S., which shows the toll that an abusive and unjust criminal system takes on individuals, families, and communities. Watch all three films: Smart Justice: An Animated Series.

    Client: ACLU's Campaign for Smart Justice
    aclu.org/blog/mass-incarceration/smart-justice/lavettes-choice

    Director: Elyse Kelly

    Animation director: Naghmeh Farzaneh

    Producer: Holly Stone
    Executive producer: Ron Diamond

    Original music: Brooke Blair & Will Blair

    Story finder/Field producer: Kelly Ramundo
    Location sound mixer: Doug Mara

    Storyboard artist: Darren Enterline
    Animation assistant: Lucas Gonzalez

    Editors: Dan Fipphen & Elyse Kelly
    Post production sound services: Studio Unknown

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Smart Justice: An Animated Series

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Jason Hernandez, Johnny Perez, and Lavette Mayes know all too well how devastating and life-changing incarceration is. This animated documentary series, for the ACLU's Campaign for Smart Justice, exposes America’s broken criminal justice system, and the…


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Jason Hernandez, Johnny Perez, and Lavette Mayes know all too well how devastating and life-changing incarceration is. This animated documentary series, for the ACLU's Campaign for Smart Justice, exposes America’s broken criminal justice system, and the toll it takes on individuals, families and communities.

Learn more about their stories here: aclu.org/issues/mass-incarceration/smart-justice/mass-incarceration-animated-series

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