Transcript: How to Prepare for Prison | Sep 17, 2017

A logo on a black background fades in and reads: "TVO Originals".

(music plays)

A caption reads "Border City Pictures Presents. In association with TVO. A documentary by Matt Gallagher."

A correctional bus enters Byrd Unit.

Lee Burrell is in his late forties, clean-shaven and with short curly gray hair. He wears a black and white checker shirt.

Lee says BEFORE
DAWN THEY LOAD YOU UP... YOU ON A BUS FULL OF GUYS
THAT'S DEALING WITH
THE SAME FATE AS YOU.
I FELT MY FREEDOM
BEING TAKEN AWAY.
AND, AND I KNEW
THAT WAS MY FATE.
I HAD TO DRAW
FROM WITHIN.
EITHER I HAD WHAT IT
TOOK TO SURVIVE... ..OR I DIDN'T.
FORTUNATELY I'M HERE TODAY
TO TELL YOU I SURVIVED.
YOU SEE WHAT YOU'RE
MADE OUT OF FOR REAL
BECAUSE YOU'RE GONNA
BE PUT TO THE TEST.

The title of the show reads "How to prepare for prison."

Luana sits at the table with her husband and two boys.

Luana says THEY
PLAYED A WOMAN'S LEAGUE.

Luana is in her forties, with long straight brown hair and wears a black shirt.

Carlo says YOU DIDN'T EVEN EAT HALF.
DID YOU EVEN
TAKE A BITE?

Carlos is in his mid-teens, with short wavy brown hair and wears a green T-shirt.

A caption reads "Windsor, Ontario."

Luana says NIKO WILL EAT WELL.
EAT SOME SALAD 'CAUSE
I'M NOT THROWING IT OUT.

Carlo says DID YOU EVEN TAKE A BITE?

Now an police interview recording rolls.

The police officer says [INAUDIBLE]...

The police officer says IT'S MY DUTY
TO INFORM YOU OF THE RIGHT TO
RETAIN AND INSTRUCT
COUNSEL WITHOUT DELAY.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO
TELEPHONE ANY LAWYER YOU WISH.
YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO REVIEW YOUR
RIGHTS FROM A LEGAL AID LAWYER.
DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT?

Joe says YES.

The police officer says DO YOU
WISH TO CALL A LAWYER?
HAVE YOU
CALLED-, CONTACTED A LAWYER?

Jo says YES.

A caption reads "Joe Zambito was charged with marijuana production and trafficking."

Joe parks outside a warehouse and says THIS BUILDING
WAS THE START OF MY NIGHTMARE,
AND MY FAMILY'S
NIGHTMARE AS WELL.
AGH...
MAN, THIS IS
BRINGING BACK MEMORY.
I SPENT TWO MONTHS
WORKING ON THIS PLACE,
GETTING IT READY FOR
OUR CONSTRUCTION COMPANY.
SO, WE ENDED UP RENTING
THE BUILDING TO THESE BUSINESS
PEOPLE FROM TORONTO AND THEY
STARTED A GROW-UP IN THERE.
IT HAD NOTHING
TO DO WITH US.
BUT, UH, HERE WE ARE.
START OF A NIGHTMARE.

The caption changes to "Luana Zambito."

Luana says TOMORROW WE'RE GOING TO COURT.
IF THE VERDICT IS GUILTY, THEN
WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN
IS THE JUDGE IS GOING TO SIT
THERE AND HE'S GOING TO
SAY HOW MUCH TIME YOUR
DAD'LL GET IN JAIL.
SO IF IT IS TWO YEARS...
IF IT'S
TWO YEARS AND YOUR DAD
COMES HOME TOMORROW AND WE
SAY, "DAD, THE JUDGE TOLD
YOUR DAD THAT'S HE'S GETTING,
UM, TWO YEARS IN JAIL..."

The caption changes to "Joe Zambito."

Joe says WELL, WE
WON'T KNOW THAT TOMORROW.
WE'RE GONNA GET THE
VERDICT INNOCENT OR GUILTY.

Luana says YEAH, BUT
FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND...

Joe says THEY WON'T SET...
FROM WHAT
PAUL SAYS IT'LL BE MAYBE
A MONTH BEFORE, UH,
SENTENCING COURT HAPPENS.

Carlo says WHY CAN'T WE COME?

Luana says COURTS
AREN'T FOR YOU GUYS.
YOU DON'T WANNA SEE YOUR DAD
THERE LIKE THAT AND THE JUDGE
AND ALL THE LAWYERS AND
THERE MIGHT BE MEDIA THERE.
YOU KNOW WHAT, KIDS
SHOULDN'T BE IN A COURTROOM.
ESPECIALLY ANGELO.
HE'S TOO YOUNG.

The caption changes to "Detroit, Michigan."

An ABC news reporter says A STUDENT AT WAYNE STATE
UNIVERSITY IS FACING
CRIMINAL CHARGES
AND HAS BEEN EXPELLED
FROM SCHOOL.
THE QUESTION TONIGHT, IS HE THE
PERPETRATOR OR IS HE A VICTIM?

Another news reporter says DEMARIO MCMURRAY CALLED
CAMPUS POLICE AFTER HE
SAYS A GROUP OF YOUNG
MEN STARTED HARASSING
HIM BECAUSE HE'S GAY.

Demario says EVERY TIME I GO TO COURT,
I JUST GET A FEELING THAT
I COULD ONE DAY GO IN
AND NOT COME OUT.

The caption changes to "Demario McMurray has been charged with assault by strangulation."

Demario is in his late teens, with very short curly brown hair and wears a black short-sleeved turtleneck sweater. He wears makeup.

The caption changes to "Demario McMurray."

Demario says ON A
COUNT OF STRANGULATION THEY
SAY THAT IT'S ASSAULT WITH ONE
INTENT LESS THAN MURDER,
OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.
IT'S POSSIBLE THAT I COULD
HAVE THE MAXIMUM OF
10 YEARS IN PRISON, WHICH IS
DEVASTATING TO ANYONE WHO
HAD NEVER BEEN IN
TROUBLE BEFORE.
MY MOTHER AND I BOTH
THOUGHT THAT I WAS ON
MY WAY TO BIGGER
AND BETTER THINGS.
I WAS GONNA BE THE FIRST
OPENLY GAY AFRICAN
AMERICAN PRESIDENT OF THE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
MY LIFE HAD JUST BEGUN.

In court, the legal officer says CASE
NUMBER 14-008556-058.
PEOPLE OF THE
STATE OF MICHIGAN
VERSUS DEMARIO
ALONZO MCMURRAY.
APPEARANCES?

[INAUDIBLE]

Opolla says THE COURT,
YOUR HONOUR, OPOLLA BROWN
ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE.

Christopher is in his thirties, clean-shaven and with short wavy brown hair. He wears glasses, a gray suit, a white shirt and a pale pink tie.

Chris says THANK YOU,
GOOD MORNING YOUR HONOUR.
CHRISTOPHER KESSELL ON
BEHALF OF THE MR. MCMURRAY.
YOUR HONOUR, FIRST WITH RESPECT
TO THE MOTION TO SUPPRESS MR.
MCMURRAY WITH THE 14TH AND
5TH AMENDMENT HAS A RIGHT,
UH, TO NOT MAKE
INCRIMINATING STATEMENTS,
TO NOT BE QUESTIONED
WITHOUT HIS RIGHTS
HAVING BEEN READ TO HIM.
THAT IS OR COURSE
THROUGH MIRANDA
AND SUBSEQUENT
DECISIONS.

The caption changes to "Chris Kessel. Defence attorney."

Judge Callahan says THERE WAS NO...
THE RESPONSE WHICH, UM,
MR. MCMURRAY GAVE WAS
NOT IN RESPONSE TO ANY
SPECIFIC QUESTION THAT WAS
POSED TO HIM THOUGH.
IS THAT TRUE?

Chris says I
DON'T BELIEVE IT IS, JUDGE.
THE, THE OFFICER SAID,
"TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED,
AND MR. MCMURRAY
BEGAN TALKING.

The caption changes to "Opolla Brown. Prosecuting attorney."

Opolla is in her mid-forties, with mid-length wavy brown hair and wears a white top, a blue fitted blazer, a brooch and a red scarf.

Opolla says THE OFFICER'S
QUESTIONS I THINK IN GEN-,
WERE IN GENERAL
AND GENERAL ENOUGH
TO DETERMINE WHAT
HAD HAPPENED.
THERE WAS A
PRIOR INCIDENT AND THEN
THIS WAS ANOTHER
INCIDENT AND
I THINK BASED
ON, UH, THAT INQUIRY,
FIRST OF ALL, I DON'T
THINK THE DEFENDANT...

Judge Callahan says STOP.
THE DEFENDANT IN THIS
PARTICULAR CASE WAS THE TARGET,
UM, OF THE, UH,
ARRESTING POLICE OFFICER.
UM, NOTHING SHOULD HAVE
BEEN INQUIRED OF THE DEFENDANT
RELATIVE TO THE INCIDENT.
SO YOU MAY HAVE A LEGITIMATE
DEFENCE HERE, RIGHT?

Chris says WELL, I CERTAINLY
BELIEVE THAT, JUDGE.

Judge Callahan says WELL, OKAY, IF YOU
HAVE A LEGITIMATE DEFENCE
THEN IT CAN BE
TESTED BY A JURY.

Chris says THANKS.

The caption changes to "James A. Callahan. Judge. 3rd Circuit Court."

James is in his late fifties, clean-shaven and with short wavy gray hair. He wears a white shirt and a polka dotted blue tie.

He says OFTENTIMES
I LOOK AT THESE,
UH, YOUNG MEN AS IF
THEY WERE MY CHILDREN AND,
UH, HOW WOULD I BE
DEALING WITH THEM AS A FATHER?
IF SOMEONE
HAS COMMITTED A VERY,
UH, SERIOUS CRIME, EVEN
THOUGH THEY'RE YOUNG,
I'VE GOT NO PROBLEM
WITH SENDING THEM TO
PRISON FOR A SUBSTANTIAL
PERIOD OF TIME.

The caption changes to "Calgary, Alberta."

The caption changes to "Courtney Hills has pled guilty to fraud. She stole 950,000 from her employer."

The caption changes to "Courtney Hills."

Courtney is in her early thirties, with long wavy black hair in a half-do. She wears a black short-sleeved shirt.

Courtney says WE
CHOSE TO SELL THE HOUSE.
AND THE PEOPLE WANTED
THE EQUITY OF THE HOUSE,
WHICH I GET.
IT'S TOUGH.
LIKE YOU HAVE A
LOT OF EMOTIONS.
YOU BOUGHT THE
HOUSE FOR A REASON.
YOU DIDN'T JUST
BUY IT, YOU KNOW,
AS A HOUSE AND AS AN
ASSET, YOU BOUGHT
IT BECAUSE YOU THOUGHT
IT WAS A HOME,
YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE GONNA
RAISE YOUR KIDS THERE.
THE
DAY I GOT ARRESTED IT
WAS KIND OF
UNEXPECTED.
I FELT LIKE SOMETHING
WAS COMING
BUT I DIDN'T KNOW
SOMETHING WAS COMING.
UM, I WOKE UP TO
THE SOUND OF POLICE
OFFICERS BANGING
ON MY FRONT DOOR.
I THINK THE HARDEST THING
ABOUT BEING ARRESTED
FOR ME WAS
CALLING MY DAD.

The caption changes to "Howard Hills. Courtney’s father."

Howard is in his fifties, with short straight gray hair and a moustache. He wears a gray sweatshirt with a striped collar.

Howard says I GOT A
CALL FROM COURTNEY AND
THEY WERE ACCUSING HER OF
MISAPPROPRIATION OF FUNDS.
MY INITIAL REACTION IS,
WELL, OBVIOUSLY THEY'RE WRONG.
I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED,
I DIDN'T KNOW THE MAGNITUDE,
I DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING THAT
HAPPENED UNTIL WE WENT TO COURT.
AND
IN COURT THEY, THEY,
UH, READ OUT THE, THE
ACCUSATIONS AND THE,
WHAT THE CRIME WAS
AND STUFF AND HOLY COW.
UNBELIEVABLE.
THERE ARE SO MANY
QUESTIONS THEN.
HOW DOES THIS
EVER HAPPEN?
I HAVE NO ANSWERS.

Courtney says FINICALLY I WAS DROWNING,
SOMETHING JUST HAD TO GIVE.
AND ONCE YOU START IT'S
LIKE A RUSH AND ADDICTION
AND, UM, I WAS JUST TRYING
TO CLAW MY WAY BACK OUT,
TO SEE THE LIGHT AGAIN AND
FIGURE OUT WHAT WAS GOING
ON AND HOW TO GET
BACK ON TRACK.
AND, UM, IT JUST
GOT OUT OF CONTROL.

The caption changes to "Non-violent offenders are often allowed to remain free until sentencing."

Courtney says to her dog
HOW ARE YOU DOING?
NO?
YOU SURE?

The caption changes to "Courtney will be sentenced in 90 days."

Courtney says LAST CHANCE.
FOR SOMEONE LIKE ME
WHO'S NEVER GONE THROUGH
ANYTHING LIKE THIS, YOU HAVE
NO IDEA WHAT TO EXPECT.
I MEAN I FEEL LIKE I'VE
GONE TO HELL AND BACK ALREADY.
I MEAN I'VE LOST
MY FIANCÉ OVER IT.
I'VE EMBARRASSED MY FAMILY, LIKE
I FEEL SO AWFUL FOR THEM AND
EVEN MORE AWFUL FOR WHAT'S
COMING AT THEM DOWN THE PIPE.
IT'S NOT EVEN FULL BLOWN YET.
I'VE ESSENTIALLY
KISSED MY CAREER GOODBYE,
WHICH I WORKED MY
ASS OFF TO GET.
UM, I'VE LOST MY
HOUSE, RIGHT, UM,
WE LOST A BABY IN
THE PROCESS BETWEEN
STRESS AND
EVERYTHING ELSE.

The caption changes to "Lee Chapelle. Prison Consultant."

Lee is in his mid-forties, clean-shaven and with short wavy graying hair. He wears a striped shirt.

The caption changes to "High Rates of incarceration have spawned a cottage industry of prison consultants. These consultants teach people how to survive in prison."

Courtney says I HIRED A PRISON
CONSULTANT TO COME IN AND TALK
TO ME ABOUT WHAT TO
EXPECT AND WHAT NOT TO EXPECT.
WE HAVE A VERY
DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE
ON PRISON VERSUS
MOST PEOPLE.

Courtney says I MEAN
HE'S BEEN THERE FOR
21-PLUS YEARS OF
HIS OWN LIFE.

Lee Chapelle says COURTNEY'S LOOKING
AT FIVE YEARS AT THIS POINT,
UH, IS WHAT THE CROWN WAS
LOOKING FOR IN HER CASE.
SHE'S TYPICAL OF A
LOT OF MY CLIENTS.
SHE HAS ABSOLUTELY NO
EXPERIENCE WITH THE
SYSTEM IN ANY WAY,
SHAPE OR FORM.
UM, THIS IS A
FIRST-TIME OFFENCE.
UH, SHE'S 30 YEARS
OF AGE OR DARN NEAR
AND THIS IS JUST SO ENTIRELY
OUT OF HER ELEMENT.
AND I THINK SHE'S TERRIFIED
CERTAINLY FROM HER PHYSICAL
PERSPECTIVE, HAVING NO
EXPERIENCE TO DRAW FROM.
SHE'S NEVER HAD A
FIGHT IN HER LIFE.
AND I THINK SHE'S
FEARFUL GOING IN THERE
AND MAYBE NEVER BEING
THE SAME PERSON AGAIN.
LOSING HER SANITY
IN THE PROCESS.

The caption changes to "Dallas, Texas."

The caption changes to "Lee Burrell."

On a wheelchair, Lee Burrell says OCTOBER 24TH, 1982.
I MADE WHAT YOU WOULD
CONSIDER AN IMPULSIVE DECISION.
I DECIDED TO SNATCH
A PURSE RANDOMLY.
AS I WAS ATTEMPTING TO LEAVE I
ENCOUNTERED A SECURITY GUARD.
I, UH, DISARMED HIM.
HE HAD A GUN,
I HAD A KNIFE.
I DISARMED
HIM AND CONTINUED TO TRY TO,
UH, ELUDE HIM.
I DIDN'T WANNA
HURT HIM.
OBVIOUSLY HE
DIDN'T WANNA HURT ME.
AND, UH, AS I WAS
ATTEMPTING TO LEAVE ANOTHER
SECURITY GUARD OPENED UP
AND SHOT ME IN THE BACK.
PARALYZED ME.
THAT WAS PRETTY MUCH THE, THE
EXTENT OF MY CRIMINAL CAREER.
(CHUCKLING) SHORT,
VERY SHORT-LIVED.
(CHUCKLING)

By a parking lot, Lee Burrell says RIGHT HERE,
I LANDED RIGHT HERE.
IT'S WHERE I MADE MY
LAST STEPS, RIGHT HERE.
CHANGED MY WHOLE LIFE.
I LOST, UH, A DIFFERENT FUTURE.
ONE DECISION CAN COST YOU
MORE THAN YOU'RE WILLING TO PAY.

The caption changes to "Lee was sentenced to 40 years. He was paroled after serving 14 years."

Luana says TOMORROW'S THE BIG CASE,
THE BIG VERDICT.
WE ARE ALL HOPING AND
PRAYING, A LOT OF PRAYERS THAT,
UH, HE'S FOUND NOT GUILTY.
IF HE IS FOUND GUILTY IT'S
GOING TO TURN MY ENTIRE LIFE,
MY KIDS' LIFE
UPSIDE-DOWN.
YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS
ABOUT THIS COURT SYSTEM?
I'M...
I WISH I WAS SURE, I WISH I
COULD GO IN THERE AND SAY,
"YOU KNOW WHAT, I'M
POSITIVE THAT HE'S GONNA
BE FOUND NOT GUILTY AND
EVERYTHING'S HAPPY AND
WE'RE GOOD AND WE'RE SAFE
AND THE KIDS WILL BE FINE."
AND IT'S...
THERE'S NOTHING LIKE THAT.
IT'S SUCH UNSURETY
AND I HATE IT.
I HATE FEELING LIKE I HAVE
NO CONTROL OVER ANYTHING THAT
HAPPENS IN THAT
COURTROOM...
NOTHING...
OVER WHAT THE
JUDGE IS THINKING.
YOU KNOW, MY KIDS...
I HAVE NO CONTROL AND
I'M SUPPOSED TO BE THE
STRONG PERSON
FOR THEM WHEN...
I DON'T KNOW.
I, I CAN'T DO IT.
I'M FALLING APART.
IN FRONT OF THEM
I'M GOOD, TO A POINT,
AND THEN BEHIND
CLOSED DOORS WITH JOE,
MYSELF, BY
OURSELVES, I'M NOT GOOD.
I NEED TO BE ABLE TO BE
REALLY STRONG FOR THEM
SO THAT THEY'RE
NOT SCARED.

(phone rings)

Joe says HELLO?
YES, HONEY.
WHY ARE YOU
GONNA GO TO THE BANK?
OKAY.
NO, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO
PULL FROM THE OTHER ACCOUNT.
YEAH, AND WOULD
YOU STOP CRYING.
OKAY, BUT STOP CRYING.
WE WILL GET THROUGH
THIS, STOP CRYING.
OKAY?
ALL RIGHT, BYE.
BYE.

The caption changes to "Wayne County Jail. Detroit, Michigan."

The caption changes to "Benny Napoleon. Sheriff, Wayne County."

Benny is in his forties, clean-shaven and with short curly brown hair. He wears a black sweatshirt with a sheriff star embroidered.

Benny says THE CITY OF
DETROIT ALWAYS HAD A HISTORY,
UH, OF BEING A
VERY VIOLENT CITY.
WE'VE ALWAYS LIVED
[INAUDIBLE] LEADERS IN
WHEN IT COMES TO
VIOLENT CRIME.
IF YOU'VE NEVER
BEEN INCARCERATED
I WOULD IMAGINE IT'S A VERY
TERRIFYING ENVIRONMENT,
UH, BECAUSE YOU, YOU
COME INTO A SITUATION
WHERE NOW EVERYTHING THAT
YOU DO IS REGULATED.
UH, YOU HAVE NO CONTROL
OVER WHAT YOU DO AT
ANY GIVEN
POINT IN TIME.
WE'RE GONNA TELL YOU
WHAT TIME TO GO TO BED,
WHAT TIME TO WAKE UP, WHAT
TIME YOU'RE GOING TO EAT,
WHAT TIME YOU GO
TO RECREATION, UH,
WE TELL YOU
WHAT YOU EAT.
YOU HAVE NO SAY-SO IN
THAT DECISION WHATSOEVER.
AND YOU COME INTO
AN ENVIRONMENT WITH
A BUNCH OF VERY
DANGEROUS PEOPLE.
YOU'RE
COMING INTO A SITUATION
THAT IS NOT VERY
PLEASANT AT ALL.
AND IT SHOULDN'T BE.

Chris says DEMARIO, AS MOST PEOPLE,
IS OBVIOUSLY TERRIFIED AT THE
THOUGHT OF GOING TO PRISON.
YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY YOU SPEND
5 MINUTES WITH DEMARIO AND
YOU UNDERSTAND WHY HE MIGHT
BE MORE NERVOUS THAN MOST.
UM, IF, IF HE'S THE SUBJECT OF,
OF ABUSE AND HARASSMENT
ON THE STREETS YOU CAN
IMAGINE... YOU KNOW,
BECAUSE OF HIS SEXUALITY... YOU
CAN IMAGINE THE KIND OF THINGS
THAT MIGHT HAPPEN TO
HIM IF HE'S IN PRISON.

The caption changes to "Tammy McMurray. Demario’s Mother."

Tammy is in her forties and wears a black knit head band and a black silk blouse.

She reads some notes and says THE
STORY OF MY LIFE,
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY
BY DEMARIO MCMURRAY.
MY FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO
ARE TALK BECAUSE I LOVE
TO HEAR MY VOICE.
I LOVE TO SING
AND WRITE GOSPEL MUSIC BECAUSE
IT PREPARES ME
FOR MY FUTURE.
PLUS IT KEEPS ME
OUT OF TROUBLE.
MY FAVOURITE TV SHOW
IS CHARMED.
I LIKE THIS SHOW BECAUSE OF THE
WITCHES AND THE MAGIC THEY DO.
MY FAVOURITE
MOVIE IS THE GOSPEL.
I ENJOYED THIS MOVIE
BECAUSE IT'S ABOUT
PRAYER AND THE POWER
OF FORGIVENESS.
UH, DEMARIO ALSO
GOES ON TO MENTION THE,
UH, GOALS THAT HE WAS
SETTING FOR HIMSELF AT
THIS TIME AND HE
WANTED TO BE A LAWYER.
OR, IF THAT DIDN'T
PAN OUT, GOSPEL SINGER.

Tammy says DEMARIO
STARTED GETTING BULLIED
I THINK WHEN HE WAS
IN THE 5TH GRADE.
I AM MOST PROUD OF DEMARIO
FOR STANDING UP FOR HIMSELF.
I REALLY ADMIRE
HIM FOR THAT.

Demario sits at the piano and sings a song that says TOOK A STROLL
DOWN DEXTER AVENUE.
WHILE I WAS WALKING I SEEN
THIS LITTLE GIRL I KNEW.
I SAY, HEY LITTLE
SALLY, WHY...

Demario says THE DAY OF THE
INCIDENT WAS SEPTEMBER 8TH.
I CALLED MY MOTHER.
SHE WROTE IT DOWN, IT WAS
LIKE A SCENE FROM A MOVIE.
THEY PROCESSED ME
AND THEY BOOKED ME.
I HAD TO TAKE A,
A MUG SHOT.
I HAD TO SIT IN A CELL, LIKE
BEHIND BARS FOR AN ENTIRE WEEK.
IT MADE ME FEEL LIKE I
WASN'T HUMAN OR I WAS
JUST THIS OTHERWORLDLY
CREATURE.
JUST I COULD NEVER...
I COULDN'T STAY
THERE ANOTHER DAY.
I'D RATHER NOT BE ON EARTH
PERIOD THAN TO SIT ONE MORE DAY
IN JAIL WITH SOMEONE TELLING
ME WHEN I HAVE TO GO TO BED OR
CALLING ME OUT, MY NAME
LIKE I'M NOT AN ACTUAL HUMAN.

Courtney says IT'S
JUST BEEN TOUGH TODAY.
JUST MOVING'S
BEEN BRUTAL.
PAROLE WISE I HAVE
TO BE OUT TONIGHT.

Lee Chapelle says (OVER SKYPE) YOU
KNOW YOU'LL BE LOOKING BACK AT
THIS ONE DAY AND
YOU'LL BE STRONGER FOR IT.
AND I ALSO KNOW YOU FEEL,
AT THE ROOT OF THIS ALWAYS,
THAT THEY, YOU BROUGHT YOURSELF
HERE AND THAT YOU WISH YOU COULD
GO BACK AND CHANGE
THINGS THAT YOU CANNOT.
SO
I KNOW IT'S HARD.
YOU KNOW YOU'RE DOING
EVERYTHING IN YOUR POWER
TO MAKE THE BEST OF THIS AND
TO HANDLE IT, AND I KNOW IT
DOESN'T FEEL LIKE IT
BUT IT WILL PASS.

Courtney says I KNOW.
I JUST HAVE
TO GET THERE.
I'M JUST NOT...
I JUST DON'T KNOW
HOW TO GET THERE.
LIKE I FEEL LIKE I'M ON STUCK
ON THIS ISLAND AND I CAN
SEE THE BOAT BUT I DON'T
KNOW HOW TO GET TO THE BOAT.

Lee Chapelle says ABSOLUTELY.

Howard says INITIALLY THERE
WASN'T A LOT OF COMMUNICATION
AS TO WHAT ACTUALLY
HAPPENED, YOU KNOW,
SHE WAS VERY, HELD HER CARDS
VERY CLOSE TO THE VEST AND,
AND WASN'T OPENLY,
OPENLY COMMUNICATIVE
ABOUT WHAT WENT ON.
AND THEN WHEN, ONCE
SHE HOOKED UP WITH,
WITH LEGAL COUNSEL
THEN THE DOORS WERE SHUT.
I'D ASK HER
QUESTIONS AND SHE'D SAY,
"DAD, I CAN'T TALK
TO YOU ABOUT IT.
IT'S, IT'S ALL CONFIDENTIAL."
YOU KNOW, I'VE GOT TWO
DAUGHTERS AND THEY'RE
BOTH MY BEST FRIENDS
AND, AND HERE'S ONE
OF MY BEST FRIENDS
SHUTTING THE DOOR ON ME.

Lee Chapelle says YOU HAVEN'T
BROUGHT THIS UP BUT I KNOW
THIS ALSO REPRESENTS SIX
YEARS OF, OF YOU AND MARK,
BASICALLY, UM, ABOUT
CLOSING, RIGHT, A CHAPTER.

Courtney says WELL, AND
I DON'T THINK THAT MARK
STUFF IS GONNA HIT
ME RIGHT AWAY.
I THINK THE MARK STUFF
WILL HIT ME LATER ON.
LIKE NEXT WEEK OR
SOMETHING ELSE.
LIKE I'M SO TERRIFIED ABOUT
THE PEANUT THING TOMORROW.
LIKE I CAN'T EVEN...
I'M NOT EVEN
ON MARK YET.
LIKE I JUST...
YOU KNOW, AT LEAST MARK'S
LIKE PUSHED ME AWAY
AND HE'S KEPT
DISTANCE AND STUFF.
BUT WITH PEANUT, LIKE EVEN
PACKING I CAN'T LEAVE A ROOM,
SHE COMES RUNNING
AFTER ME.
SO...

Lee Chapelle says SHE'S
GONNA MISS YOU TOO.

Courtney says I'M
SCARED IF I LET THE WALLS
DOWN THOUGH I WON'T
GET THROUGH THIS.

Lee Chapelle says YEAH.

She wipes her tears.

Joe visits his lawyer in his office.

The caption changes to "Paul Esco. Defence attorney."

Paul is in his sixties, with short receding gray hair and wears a black 3 piece suit, a white shirt and a striped black tie.

Paul says IT COULD BE FED TIME.
IT COULD BE TWO YEARS.
NOW EVEN IF THEY ASK FOR
MORE ON YOU - 3 TO 5 -
THAT DOESN'T MEAN THE
JUDGE HAS TO GIVE YOU MORE
THAN 2 YEARS AND CAN STILL
GIVE YOU HOUSE ARREST.

Joe says DON'T WORRY
BUT WHATEVER IT IS IT IS.
I KNOW YOU'RE WORRIED.
I CAN SEE IT
IN YOUR FACE.
IT'S OKAY.

Paul says THIS CASE,
UH, HAS BOTHERED ME
FROM THE GET-GO
BECAUSE...

Joe says I TOLD YOU
IT WASN'T GONNA BE EASY.

Paul says I KNOW.
BUT WHEN YOU'RE FRIENDS WITH
SOMEBODY IT JUST BOTHERS ME...
IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE THE
WAY I'VE SORT OF SEEN YOU.
I WASN'T SURE AT THE
BEGINNING, YOU KNOW.
I DIDN'T KNOW YOU
FROM ADAM AND I DIDN'T,
YOU KNOW, IT
LOOKS PRETTY BAD.
BUT AS I GOT TO KNOW YOU
AND I GOT TO SEE MORE OF
THE CASE I BELIEVE EVERY
WORD YOU SAY AND I,
IT BOTHERS ME
AND I DON'T...
YOU'RE INNOCENT AND
I SHOULD HAVE BEEN
ABLE TO PROVE IT
AND I'M UPSET.

Luana says DON'T SAY THAT YET.
DON'T SAY THAT YET.
YOU NEVER KNOW.
IT'S GONNA BE
GREAT, DON'T WORRY.

The caption changes to "Joe Zambito was found guilty on all charges. Sentencing is in 90 days."

In the car, Joe says THAT
JUDGE SAW A WHOLE
DIFFERENT STORY.

Luana says HE SAW IT THE WAY
IT WAS PRESENTED BY THE CROWN.

Joe says NO, HE SAW
A WHOLE DIFFERENT STORY.

Luana says HE SAW IT
THE WAY IT WAS PRESENTED
BY THE CROWN
AND BECAUSE...

Paul says JOE ZAMBITO
MAINTAINS HIS INNOCENCE.
I KNOW HE'S PUT
HIMSELF THROUGH A LOT...
IN ALL THESE YEARS,
IT'S NOT EASY.
IT'S BEEN ALMOST 5 YEARS
THAT HE'S BEEN CARRYING
THIS ON HIS SHOULDERS,
LOOKING AT HIS CHILDREN,
KNOWING IN THE BACK OF
HIS MIND WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN.
AND NOW IT'S
GONNA HAPPEN.
SO I SUPPOSE THE QUICKER
IT HAPPENS THE BETTER IT
IS AND GET IT
OVER WITH NOW.

Luana says YOU HAVE
TO TELL THE PROBATION
OFFICER THAT, "ALTHOUGH I'M NOT
GUILTY, I CAN UNDERSTAND
WHY THE JUDGE
IS THINKING..."

Joe says NO, I
CANNOT UNDERSTAND IT.
FUCK THAT.
I'M NOT LYING.
THERE'S NO REASON
FOR ME TO LIE.

Luana says OH GOD...
YES, THERE IS BECAUSE YOU NEED
TO BE ABLE TO GET HOUSE ARREST.
IF YOU DON'T GET HOUSE
ARREST, OUR LIVES ARE RUINED.
DO YOU UNDERSTAND
WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO NOW?
YOU HAVE TO PLAY
THE GAME NOW.
IT'S NO LONGER ABOUT TELLING
THE TRUTH AND DEFENDING
YOURSELF 'CAUSE
THAT DIDN'T WORK.

(music plays)

A little girl hugs Demario and says "Are you scared Demario?"

Demario says NO, I'M NOT SCARED.

The little girl says "I will always be with you."

Demario says EVERY SINGLE DAY I PREPARE
FOR THE WORST.
I COULD POSSIBLY LOSE
EVERY SINGLE THING.
I'VE ALREADY LOST A LOT.
I LOST THE
SCHOLARSHIPS THAT I GOT,
I LOST TUITION
MONEY, I LOST EVERYTHING.
I LOST BASICALLY
MY ENTIRE LIFE.
AND WITH PRISON I LOSE
ALL POSSIBLE FREEDOM.
AND THERE'S NO
COMING BACK FROM THAT.

Opolla says ON
SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2014,
DID YOU HAVE SOME
CONTACT WITH A DEMARIO MCMURRAY?

A police officer says YES, I DID.
MYSELF ALONG WITH OTHER WAYNE
STATE OFFICERS WERE CALLED
TO ONE OF THE WAYNE STATE
DORMITORIES

Opolla says WHAT WAS
YOUR PURPOSE FOR GOING TO,
UH, THE DORMITORY?

The police officer says TO
INVESTIGATE A ASSAULT AND
BATTERY THAT HAD
JUST OCCURRED.
ANOTHER UNIT OF MINE THAT
ARRIVED AT THE SAME TIME I DID,
UH, THEY SPOKE WITH THE VICTIM
WHILE I WENT TO THE 3RD FLOOR
TO SPEAK WITH THE OTHER
HALF OF THE INCIDENT,
MR., UH, MCMURRAY.

Opolla says HAD YOU
HAD ANY CONTACT WITH
MR. MCMURRAY PRIOR TO
SEPTEMBER THE 8TH?

Chris says I
GUESS AT THAT, THIS
POINT I'LL OBJECT
YOUR HONOUR.
I DON'T KNOW HOW THAT'S RELEVANT
TO WHETHER OR NOT MY CLIENT WAS
ADVISED OF HIS MIRANDA
RIGHTS WHEN HE WAS SPEAKING...

Judge Callahan says I GUESS WE DON'T KNOW.
WE'LL HAVE TO SEE
AS TO WHETHER OR
NOT THERE'S SOME RELEVANCY
ASSOCIATED WITH IT.
THE OBJECTION IS
OVERRULED.
PLEASE CONTINUE.

Opolla says AND WHAT
WAS THE CONTACT YOU HAD?

The police officer says MR.
MCMURRAY HAD REPORTED
THAT HE HAD BEEN THE
VICTIM OF A HATE CRIME.

Opolla says NO
FURTHER QUESTIONS.

Chris says JUST
SO WE'RE CLEAR,
BEFORE YOU BEGAN ASKING
MR. MCMURRAY THESE QUESTIONS,
YOU NEVER READ HIM
HIS MIRANDA RIGHTS,
IS THAT CORRECT?

The police officer says CORRECT.
I DID NOT READ HIM HIS
RIGHTS BECAUSE HE WAS NOT
UNDER ARREST
AT THAT TIME.

Chris says WAS MR.
MCMURRAY FREE TO LEAVE?

The police officer says NO, HE WAS NOT.

Chris says THANK
YOU, I HAVE NOTHING ELSE, JUDGE.

Judge Callahan says YOU MAY STEP DOWN OFFICER.

(phone rings)

Jasmine says JASMINE SPEAKING.

Courtney says HI JASMINE,
IT'S COURTNEY HILLS CALLING.
HOW ARE YOU?

Jasmine says I'M GOOD.

Courtney says THAT'S GOOD.
I'M JUST CALLING, UH, BECAUSE AS
WE DISCUSSED I HAD TO ADVISE
YOU OF MY ADDRESS CHANGE
SINCE I'VE MOVED TODAY.

Jasmine says OKAY, SO YOU'VE
MOVED AS OF TODAY THEN?

Courtney says YEAH.
SO AS OF TONIGHT I'LL BE
SLEEPING AT MY MOM'S HOUSE.

Jasmine says ALL RIGHT.
I'LL NOTE THAT IN
THE SYSTEM AND THEN,
UH, YOUR PHONE
NUMBER IS STILL GONNA BE,
REMAIN THE SAME, RIGHT?

Courtney says YES.

Jasmine says OKAY, NO OTHER CHANGES?

Courtney says WILL YOU
BE CONTACTING ME OR WILL
MY NEW PAROLE OFFICER
BE CONTACTING ME THEN,
GOING FORWARD?

Jasmine says UM, I WILL GIVE
YOU FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS,
UM, AS TO WHO YOU
WILL BE REPORTING TO.
UM, I NEED TO,
I NEED TO...

Courtney cries and says to her dog
YOU READY?

She opens the door. She gives the dog to a man.

He says TALK TO YOU LATER?

Courtney says YEAH.
(SOBBING)

Chris says JUDGE,
I THINK THIS, THIS CASE
FALLS PERFECTLY WITHIN THE,
THE RUBRIC OF
CUSTODIAL AND INTERROGATION,
AND I WOULD ASK THAT
ANY STATEMENTS MADE BY
MR. MCMURRAY BE SUPPRESSED
AS A RESULT, UH, OF A
VIOLATION OF HIS
MIRANDA RIGHTS.
THANK YOU.

Judge Callahan says PEOPLE?

Opolla says MR.
MCMURRAY HAD BEEN A VICTIM JUST,
UH, A WEEK OR TWO PRIOR
BECAUSE THESE PEOPLE HAVE
SOME RELATIONSHIP
TOGETHER.
SO WHEN THE OFFICER
ASKED, "MR. MCMURRAY,
WHAT HAPPENED?"
MR. MCMURRAY WENT
ON TO SAY, "WELL, THE TWO
GIRLS CAME INTO MY ROOM, I
TRIED TO PUT THEM OUT MY ROOM,
AND THEN AT SOME POINT
I BLANKED OUT AND I HAD
MY HANDS AROUND HER NECK
AND I WAS STRANGLING HER."

Judge Callahan says THE COURT
DENIES THE MOTION TO SUPPRESS
THE STATEMENT THAT WAS
MADE BY THE DEFENDANT.

Chris says JUDGE, YOU
KNOW, OTHER THAN THE OFFICER,
I MEAN HE'S GOING TO SAY PERSON
OF INTEREST BUT IF SOMEONE...

Judge Callahan says KEEP TALKING.

Chris says IF,
IF I MAY, JUDGE.
IF, IF THERE'S A VICTIM.

Judge Callahan says I'M BEING
FACETIOUS WITH YOU.

Chris says I KNOW, JUDGE.

Judge Callahan yells
IT'S OVER!

Chris says THANK YOU, SIR.

Benny says THE SO-CALLED TOUGH-ON-CRIME
INITIATIVES HAVE
NOT WORKED.
WE STILL LIVE IN THE MOST
VIOLENT COUNTRY IN THE WORLD
THAT IS WESTERNISED.
NOW, I'M NOT SUGGESTING
FOR A MOMENT THAT PEOPLE
WHO COMMIT CRIME SHOULD NOT BE
INCARCERATED BUT I THINK THAT
WE ARE MAKING AN INVESTMENT
IN THE WRONG PLACE.
THE INVESTMENT IS
GOING ON THE BACK-END,
BUILDING MORE PRISONS AND
INCREASING INCARCERATION WHEN
I THINK IT SHOULD GO ON THE
FRONT-END BY TRYING TO PREVENT
PEOPLE FROM BECOMING
INVOLVED IN CRIME.
SO I'M A STRONG PROPONENT OF
CRIME PREVENTION AND INVESTING
YOUR MONEY UP FRONT TO
KEEP PEOPLE OUT OF TROUBLE.

Outside the courtroom, Chris says IF IT WEREN'T FOR THE FACT THAT
I'M VERY CONFIDENT STILL THAT WE
CAN WORK THIS OUT TO THE
MISDEMEANOUR THAT GETS WIPED
OFF YOUR RECORD, I'D BE SAYING
WE SHOULD DO AN INTERLOCUTORY
APPEAL, WHICH SEND US UP TO
THE COURT OF APPEALS BECAUSE
I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY
QUESTION THAT, YOU KNOW,
YOU WERE THE SUSPECT, YOU
KNOW, THE PERSON OF INTEREST.
I DON'T CARE WHAT
THEY CALL YOU.
OBVIOUSLY THEY WENT
TO THIS PLACE BECAUSE
THEY WERE ALLEGING
YOU HAD ASSAULTED THIS GIRL.
AND THEN THEY WENT AND
ASKED YOU QUESTIONS.
AND IT DOESN'T...
YOU KNOW, IT MATTERS
IF THE QUESTION IS,
"DID YOU HAVE PEANUT BUTTER
AND JELLY FOR LUNCH TODAY?"
BECAUSE THAT'S NOT
LIABLE TO GET YOU TO SAY,
"OH I DID ALL
KINDS OF BAD THINGS."
BUT WHEN YOU SAY,
"WHAT HAPPENED?"
THAT'S LIABLE TO, YOU
KNOW, TELL THEM WHAT HAPPENED.
THAT'S, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE
LIABLE TO SAY THINGS THAT
YOU HAVE A RIGHT
NOT TO HAVE TO SAY.
WHAT WE'LL DO IS, IS WE'LL SIT
TIGHT UNTIL THE FIRST WEEK
OF JANUARY'S OVER,
UM, AND I'LL...
IF WE'RE GONNA BE ABACK HERE
ON THE 16TH AT 8:30,
YOU'LL HEAR FROM ME A
FEW DAYS BEFORE THEN,
OKAY?

Demario says OKAY.

Chris says AL RIGHT
DEMARIO, HAVE A GOOD HOLIDAY,
OKAY.

Demario says THANK YOU.

Chris says FUCK. (UNDER HIS BREATH)

Lee Chapelle says MOVING FORWARD SO
THAT THE LIST I HAVE HERE FROM
TODAY AND WHAT WE'VE DONE
IN THE PAST COUPLE
DAYS, SUPPORT LETTERS.
WE'VE GOT, WHAT, A
DOZEN CONFIRMED?
IS THAT ACCURATE
WITH YOU AS WELL?
HAIR CUT TOMORROW.
HA-HA, YEAH...
AND WE KNOW WHY WE'RE
DOING THIS... MANAGEABILITY,
POTENTIAL LOCKDOWNS,
LACK OF SHOWER TIME,
GROOMING NEEDS, PLUS ELIMINATING
ANY CHANCE OF SOMEBODY
BEING ABLE TO USE THAT, UH,
PHYSICALLY AGAINST YOU,
GRABBING YOUR HAIR.
OKAY.
TRAVEL TO THE JAIL
THIS AFTERNOON...

Courtney says I'M 6 FOOT 3.
LEE HAS TOLD ME GOING
IN, LIKE YOU'RE GOING TO
BE A TARGET AND IT'S NOT
BECAUSE YOU'RE WHITE,
IT'S NOT BECAUSE YOU'RE
FEMALE, IT'S NONE OF THAT.
IT'S YOU'RE 6 FOOT 3,
YOU'RE A PRESENCE IN THERE,
AND NOBODY KNOWS
WHO YOU ARE.
HE GOES, YOU'VE
GOT NO REPUTATION,
YOU'RE A FIRST-TIME OFFENDER,
PEOPLE ARE GONNA TEST YOU.

Lee Chapelle says I'LL SET UP
TWO MORE CONTACTS FOR YOU
FROM FORMER FEMALE
INMATES, UH, WITH,
WITH DECADES OF EXPERIENCE
OVER THE COURSE OF THE...
PRISON CAN
CHANGE PEOPLE.
PEOPLE BECOME
EMOTIONALLY DEVOID.
THEY, THEY PUT A
MASK ON TO SURVIVE.
YOU TOUGHEN UP, YOU
DON'T ALLOW YOURSELF TO CRY,
YOU DON'T ALLOW
YOURSELF TO FEEL THIS,
YOU DON'T SMILE, YOU DO ALL
THESE DIFFERENT THINGS BECAUSE
THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO
DO IN YOUR SURROUNDINGS.
NOW, AS TIME PASSES,
UNFORTUNATELY WHAT,
WHAT CAN AND OFTEN DOES
HAPPEN IS THIS NO LONGER IS
AN ACT AND THIS
BECOMES THE PERSON.
AND SO THE LONGER THIS GOES ON
THE MORE OF A RISK RUN OF THIS
PERSON ACTUALLY LOSING A
BIG PART OF WHO THEY WERE.

Courtney says IT'S JUST TOUGH.
LIKE I HAVE TO BECOME SOMEONE
THAT I'M NOT TO SURVIVE WHEN I'M
IN THERE AND THEN CHANGE
BACK TO THE PERSON THAT I AM,
BUT NOT LOSE THE PERSON
THAT I AM WHEN I'M IN THERE.
I DON'T, LIKE IT'S A LOT.
I DON'T...

Lee Chapelle says BUT IF WE LOOK AT
IT FROM A TACTICAL PERSPECTIVE,
THE THING IS WE...
AND A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY THAN
WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT
THIS BUT, UH, PREPARING
FOR A MOVIE ROLE.
AND I KNOW IT'S NOT THE SAME
BUT THIS A ROLE OF A LIFETIME
IF YOU LOOK AT IT LIKE THAT,
AND IT'S ONE THAT'S REALLY
IMPORTANT FOR YOU, THAT YOU
FEEL CONFIDENT THAT YOU'RE
GONNA BE ABLE TO PUT
ON A POKER FACE.

Courtney says RIGHT NOW?
NO.

Lee Chapelle says WELL,
THAT'S SOMETHING
WE'RE GONNA
REALLY WORK ON.

The caption changes to "Carlo Zambito."

Carlo says YEAH,
THERE'S A POSSIBILITY
HE MIGHT GO TO PRISON.
I THINK HE'LL BE LIKE
6 MONTHS OR 15 MONTHS,
SOMETHING LIKE THAT.
BUT HONESTLY, I DON'T THINK
IT'LL BE THAT BIG OF A PROBLEM.
I THINK WE'LL
JUST GET THROUGH IT,
YOU KNOW, AS A FAMILY.
NEXT MONTH'LL BE, UH,
PRETTY SCARY FOR MY FAMILY AND,
UM, HOPEFULLY
WE'LL GET CLOSER AND,
YOU KNOW, HAVE
MORE FAMILY TIME.
AND MOVIE NIGHT AND,
UM, FAMILY DINNER.
THAT WOULD BE COOL.
AND IT'LL JUST BE
HARD, YOU KNOW.
IT'S KINDA HARD SEEING THE GUY
THAT YOU LOVE GO TO JAIL AND...

The caption changes to "Angelo Zambito."

Angelo is around 8, with short wavy brown hair and wears a white shirt with a phrase print on the front.

Angelo says I DON'T REALLY CARE IF HE'S
INNOCENT OR GUILTY, I
JUST WANNA GET IT OVER WITH.
MY BIGGEST WORRY IS IF HE
GOES TO JAIL FOR A LONG TIME,
LIKE 2 YEARS, 5
YEARS, 3 YEARS.
I'LL REALLY MISS HIM BUT
IF IT'S LIKE 8 MONTHS
I DON'T REALLY CARE... .. ABOUT IT.
'CAUSE I JUST WANNA
GET THIS OVER WITH.
IT'S BEEN 4 YEARS
SINCE IT HAPPENED.

Angelo says I
TOOK PICTURES OF MY TOYS
THAT I DON'T PLAY WITH,
WITH MY IPOD AND POSTED
THEM ON KIJIJI FOR MONEY.
WHEN I GET THE MONEY I
WANNA GIVE SOME TO MY DAD.
UH, HE'S HAVING
TROUBLE WITH TAXES,
MORTGAGES, BILLS,
AND ALL THAT.
SO IT'S KINDA HARD.
I DIDN'T REALLY THINK HE'S
GOING TO JAIL BUT HE IS SO...
WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Demario says WHAT DO YOU,
WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY?

The little girl says I WENT TO
THE DOCTOR [INAUDIBLE]...
AND ME AND MY
MOMMY [INAUDIBLE]...

Demario says READY?
The little girl says YES.

Demario says HOLD ON.

The little girl gets on a swing a Demario pushes her.

Benny says WHEN
A PERSON IS INCARCERATED THEY
CAN'T BE A FATHER,
THEY CAN'T BE A SON,
AN UNCLE, A
FRIEND, A HUSBAND.
THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF
OPPORTUNITIES THAT THEY
DON'T HAVE TO BE INVOLVED
IN THE SOCIAL FABRIC OF,
OF THE COMMUNITY OR
THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE,
UH, THAT CARE ABOUT THEM
AND THAT THEY CARE ABOUT.
THAT'S WHAT HAS DRAMATIC IMPACT,
ESPECIALLY ON YOUNG CHILDREN
WHEN YOU KNOW THAT, YOU KNOW,
DAD OR MOM ARE INCARCERATED.
YOU CAN ONLY SEE THEM, UH, ON
A, ON AN INFREQUENT VISIT AND
THE VISIT SOMETIMES IS PRETTY
FRIGHTENING AND HUMILIATING,
ESPECIALLY TO
YOUNG CHILDREN.
A HIGH INCARCERATION RATE
IS NOT GOOD FOR A COMMUNITY.

Demario says RAMONA AND BEEZUS?

The little girl says YEAH,
I LOVE THAT MOVIE!

Demario says UH-HUH...

Tammy says MY SON GOING TO,
TO PRISON IS NOT
AN OPTION FOR ME.
I CAN'T CONNECT
WITH THAT.
IF MY SON IS CONVICTED I
THINK A BIG PART OF ME WILL DIE.
BECAUSE I DID NOT
RAISE HIM FOR THIS.
I DIDN'T.
AND I TRY NOT TO
THINK ABOUT IT.
AND, LIKE I SAID, I JUST HAVE
TO PRAY A LOT AND JUST HOPE
THAT HE DOESN'T GO AND
EVERYTHING WORKS OUT.

The caption changes to "Two weeks to sentencing."

Lee and Courtney drive to the correctional centre.

Lee Chapelle says THE
MAJORITY OF MY CLIENTS ARE
CERTAINLY HEADING
INTO A WORLD
THAT IS DARK,
THAT IS SCARY.
YOU KNOW, BEING
KILLED IN PRISON,
DYING IN PRISON, RAPE.
I THINK THAT'S VERY
SCARY FOR MOST PEOPLE TO,
TO SIT THERE AND TRY TO
VISUALISE HOW THEY WOULD
MAKE IT THROUGH IT.

The caption changes to "Lethbridge Correctional Centre."

Courtney says FUCK.

Lee Chapelle says YEAH, IT DOES SUCK.
IT DOES.
WELL, I'LL TELL YOU WHAT, WHAT
IT COMES DOWN TO IS IF YOU
HAVE TO WALK INTO HERE
YOU WILL BE WALKING OUT,
AND THAT'S THE PART TO
KEEP FOCUS ON IS COMING OUT.

Parked outside the prison facilities, Courtney says FUCK... (CRYING)

Lee Chapelle says I KNOW.

Courtney says I'M
GONNA WALK FOR A SEC.

She gets out of the car.

Lee Chapelle says DO YOU
WANNA JUST WALK ON YOUR OWN?

Courtney says JUST GIVE ME A SEC.
OH FUCK...

Lee Chapelle says WE'VE JOKED A LOT,
YOU KNOW ME TODAY
AND WHAT AM I AFTER
25 YEARS OF SITTING
IN THOSE SHITHOLES.

Courtney says I KNOW.

Lee Chapelle says BUT IF YOU DO
COME HERE IT'S 8 MONTHS...
I'M GUESSING.

Courtney says IT'LL BE HELL THOUGH.

Lee Chapelle says YEAH, 8 MONTHS OF,
YOU KNOW WHAT,
YEAH, OKAY, SLOW, SLOW,
SLOW TIME.
EVERY DAY BEING
THE SAME.
I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH
THEY USE THE OUTSIDE HERE,
IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE...
YOU WOULD THINK THIS
WOULD BE YARD TIME RIGHT NOW.
I DON'T KNOW.

Courtney says FUCK.

Lee Chapelle says SO YOU'LL
BE KILLING A WINTER HERE.

Courtney says I'M NOT
GONNA DO WELL IN THERE.

Lee Burrell says 14 YEARS IS A LONG TIME.
AND IT WAS, UH,
TERRIFYING TO SAY THE LEAST.
THEY PUT ME IN A
SEGREGATION CELL.
NO ACCOMMODATIONS FOR
SOMEBODY LIKE IN MY CONDITION.
AND, AND WHEN I WOULD
HAVE TO TAKE SHOWER,
IT WAS JUST A REGULAR STALL
SHOWER, A BIG SHOWER.
NO BENCH, NO...
NOTHING TO SIT ON AND I
ACTUALLY HAD TO CRAWL
UNDER THE
SHOWER HEAD.
AN OFFICER WOULD TURN IT ON
AND I WOULD HAVE TO CRAWL ON
THE FLOOR, GET OUT OF MY CHAIR
AND CRAWL INTO THE SHOWER TO,
TO WASH UP.
AND THAT WAS ONE OF THE MOST
DIFFICULT TIMES OF MY LIFE.
I DON'T KNOW HOW
I SURVIVED THAT.
BUT I DID.
I MADE IT, I MADE UP IN MY
MIND AT THAT TIME THAT I WOULD.
I GOT UP AND
SHOWERED EVERY DAY.
(CRYING)

He rides his chair outside and cries.

(music plays)

Demario says HELLO?

Subtitles read "Demario?"

Demario says YES.

Subtitles read "Hey, it’s Chris. How’s it going man?"

Demario says IT'S GOOD, HOW ARE YOU?

Subtitles read "Good, good, alright. Well, coincidentally as I was leaving the office yesterday I ran into Opolla and she said she had just got out of a meeting with the complaining witness on your case. She said she’s real upset because she feels like she’s not someone who hates gay people or anything like that. You guys were friends but she also understands that maybe her version of events was a little exaggerated to the police. So the moral of the stoy is that after the conversation she had with her Opolla is going to be authorized to offer you the misdemeanour which is what we wanted in the first place. So it was a good day."

Demario says DEFINITELY. (LAUGHING)

Subtitles read "But yeah, so it’s a good day. It’s a great day. So I will see you tomorrow at 8:30. We will go in front of the judge, we’ll knock this out. I know how much you enjoy seeing Judge Callahan but we will try and get you out of there quickly okay? Alright, sounds good Demario, I’ll see you tomorrow morning okay?"

Demario says OKAY.
THANK YOU.

Subtitles read "Have a good day. No problem."

Tammy says WHAT'S WRONG, DEMARIO?
YOU DON'T WANNA PLEA,
HAVE TO PLEA GUILTY?
I UNDERSTAND, I DO.
BUT YOU KNOW I'M
HERE FOR YOU.
IT'S JUST REALLY
TOUGH RIGHT NOW FOR HIM.
'CAUSE HIS WHOLE LIFE
GOT CHANGED UPSIDE-DOWN.
AND EVERYONE ELSE
THAT WAS INVOLVED WAS
ABLE TO GO ON
WITH THEIR LIVES.
AND IT'S JUST NOT FAIR.

The caption changes to "The day of Joe’s sentencing."

Joe gets dressed.

Luana says WHAT ELSE DID
YOU WANNA PUT IN THAT LETTER?

Luana says I PUT DOWN
THAT YOU'RE A CHURCHGOER,
THAT'S IMPORTANT.
I PUT DOWN...

Joe says I DON'T
THINK ANYTHING I SAY
IS GONNA MATTER
RIGHT NOW.

Luana says SOPHIA, CARLO!

Joe says THEY'RE SLEEPING, HONEY.

Luana says DID
YOU GIVE DAD A KISS?
ALRIGHT...
I LOVE YOU KID,
I LOVE YOU.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
WHAT'S THE VERDICT TODAY?

Angelo says I DON'T KNOW.

Joe says YOU DON'T KNOW?
NO PREDICTION?

Angelo says NO.

Joe enters his daughter’s room and says SOPHIA, I'M GOING NOW,
OKAY.
GIVE ME A KISS.
GIVE ME A KISS.

Sophia says I LOVE YOU.

Joe says I LOVE YOU TOO.
GO BACK TO SLEEP.
CARLO.
CARLO.
I'M GOING, OKAY.

The caption changes to "The day of Demario’s sentencing."

Demario says IT'LL ALWAYS
FOLLOW ME EVERYWHERE I GO.
UNLESS YOU'RE FACING
10 YEARS IN PRISON,
YOU WON'T REALLY
UNDERSTAND HOW I FEEL.

Benny says THE
UNITED STATES HAVE THE LARGEST
PERCENTAGE OF ITS PEOPLE IN
PRISON THAN ANY PLACE ON THE
PLANET YET WE HAVE MORE
CRIME THAN ANY PLACE ELSE.
THAT'S A CONTRADICTION,
IT'S NOT WORKING.
JAIL SHOULD BE FOR PEOPLE
THAT WE ARE AFRAID OF
NOT THAT WE'RE MAD AT.

The caption changes to "The day of Courtney’s sentencing."

Howard says I CAN ONLY IMAGINE
WHAT A NIGHTMARE THIS IS
FOR HER, WHAT SHE'S...
AND HOW TERRIFIED SHE IS ABOUT
THE WHOLE THOUGHT PROCESS OF,
OF HAVING TO GO TO PRISON AND,
AND SPEND A DAY MUCH LESS
A YEAR OR 2 YEARS IN PRISON.
IT'S GONNA BE A NIGHTMARE
BUT IT'S GONNA BE HOPEFULLY
A NIGHTMARE THAT
SHE GETS THROUGH.
I'M NOT SURE SHE'LL BE
A BETTER PERSON FOR IT,
BUT SHE'LL HAVE DONE HER
TIME AND WE CAN MOVE ON,
AND PICK UP THE PIECES
AND TRY AND MAKE THE BEST
OF WHAT WE CAN DO.

They enter the court center.

Howard says MY GIRLS ARE
EVERYTHING TO ME.
AND, UH, WHEN
THESE WALLS WENT UP,
WHEN THESE WALLS WENT
UP, UH, A BIG PART OF ME,
I LOST A BIG PART OF ME.
AND SO, UM, WHEN I WAS
APPROACHED ABOUT DOING THIS
AND APPROACHED ABOUT
BEING A PART OF THIS,
UH, MY INITIAL REACTION
WAS, NO, YOU KNOW,
I'M NOT PUTTING
MYSELF OUT THERE.
BUT THEN IN THINKING
ABOUT IT I HAD TO PUT
MYSELF OUT THERE
FOR COURTNEY.
SORRY...
I HAD TO LET HER KNOW
I WAS IN HER CORNER.
(CRYING)

The caption changes to "Courtney was sentenced to 4 years."

Judge Callahan says TODAY IS THE DAY
SCHEDULED FOR THE SENTENCING
OF MR. MCMURRAY.
HAVE YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY
OF REVIEWING THE PRECINCT'S
INVESTIGATION REPORT?

Chris says WE DO FIND
IT TO BE FACTUALLY ACCURATE
WITH NO ADDITIONS,
CORRECTIONS, OR DELETIONS.
MR. MCMURRAY IS,
IS THAT CORRECT?

Demario says YES.

Judge Callahan says MS. BROWN, DO YOU
WISH TO SAY ANYTHING FURTHER
TO ME ON BEHALF OF
THE PEOPLE BEFORE
I IMPOSE SENTENCING
ON MR. MCMURRAY?

Opolla says THE COMPLAINANT
IS HERE AND SHE'D ALSO LIKE
TO ADDRESS THE
COURT, YOUR HONOUR.

Judge Callahan says ABSOLUTELY.
PLEASE HAVE HER
STEP FORWARD.
HOW HAS THE BEHAVIOUR
OF MR. MCMURRAY
IMPACTED OR
AFFECTED YOU?

The complainant is in her late teens, with long curly brown hair in a half-do. She wears a black T-shirt.

She says IT'S
DEFINITELY IMPACTED ME A LOT.
WHAT HE DID WAS INTENTIONAL,
IT WASN'T AN ACCIDENT.
AND I FEEL LIKE, AS LIKE HE EVEN
SAID THAT HE WOULD DO IT AGAIN.
I DON'T FEEL LIKE IT
WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS...
IT WAS PLANNED.

Judge Callahan says AND YOU
BELIEVE THAT THE RESOLUTION OF
THIS CASE AS HAS BEEN
WORKED OUT BY THE
PROSECUTING ATTORNEY
MEETS WITH YOUR APPROVAL?

The complainant says YEAH.

Judge Callagan says ALRIGHT.

Chris says JUDGE, WITH RESPECT TO,
EXCUSE ME, SOME OF MS.
INAQUA STATEMENTS
I WOULD JUST POINT
OUT TO THE COURT, UM, THAT
WHILE MR. MCMURRAY DOES
HAVE NO EXCUSE FOR
HIS ACTIONS THAT THESE ACTIONS
OCCURRED BECAUSE MS. INAQUA
ARRIVED AT MY CLIENT'S
PLACE OF RESIDENCE...

Judge Callahan says THIS IS
NOT THE TIME TO...

Chris says I UNDERSTAND.

Judge Callahan says DEFEND YOUR
CLIENT'S BEHAVIOUR.
HE'S ALREADY ADMITTED TO HAVING
COMMITTED A VERY SERIOUS CRIME.

Chris says I
UNDERSTAND, YOUR HONOUR.

Judge Callahan says SO, UM, CASTIGATING
OR DENIGRATING OR
CRITICISING IN ANY WAY SHAPE
OR FORM AT THIS PARTICULAR
JUNCTURE OF A VICTIM OF A CRIME
IS IN MY OPINION LUDICROUS.
MR. MCMURRAY IS THE, UH, THE
SENTENCE OF THIS COURT THAT
YOU BE PLACED ON PROBATION
FOR A PERIOD OF TWO YEARS.
YOU'RE TO UNDERGO A
PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION
AND TREATMENT.
I WANT YOU TO OBTAIN, UH,
40 HOURS OF EMPLOYMENT,
UH, PER WEEK OR BE
A FULLTIME STUDENT.
DO YOU UNDERSTAND?

Demario says YES, SIR.

The caption changes to "Demario was sentences to 2 years probation."

Judge Callahan says GOOD LUCK TO YOU.

Chris says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
YOUR HONOUR.

Joe and Luana walk in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Joe says YOU'RE
ALL SET, RIGHT?

Luana says NOT REALLY.

Joe says YOU'RE
GOOD, DON'T WORRY.

Luana says AM I?
I DON'T KNOW.

Joe says YOU'LL
BE ABLE TO DO THIS.

Luana says 15TH
AND 30TH IS MORTGAGE.
[INAUDIBLE] TAKES IT
OUT AUTOMATICALLY.

Joe says CORRECT.

Luana says YOU KNOW WHAT
I'M WORRIED ABOUT JOE IS THE...

Joe says COLLECT
THE RENT FROM THE LADY.

Luana says... INSURANCE.
DO I CALL THEM
AND RE-GRET...
JOE
YES,
YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO REDO IT.
I'LL DO THAT TODAY.

Joe says
SECOND IS, UH...
WHY DOES SOMETHING SO STUPID
HAVE TO RUIN MY LIFE SO BAD?

Luana says WELL, FROM EVERY
NEGATIVE THERE'S A POSITIVE.

Joe says NO, I DON'T
SEE ANY POSITIVE YET.

Luana says THERE'S A COUPLE.

Joe says WHERE?

Luana says OKAY, SO YOU
REALLY MADE CLOSE FRIENDS.

Joe says OKAY,
I'M NOT DENYING THAT,
NO.
NO, THEY'RE...

Luana says SO
THERE'S A POSITIVE.

Joe says YES.
I FOUND OUT WHO MY
REAL FRIENDS ARE.

Luana says YOU FOUND OUT
WHO YOUR REAL FRIENDS ARE.
UH, YOUR COMPANY
STILL EXISTS.
THAT'S GOOD.
SO YOU FOUND OUT...
AND YOU FOUND OUT A LOT OF
PEOPLE WHO WROTE LETTERS FOR
YOU SO THEY, YOU KNOW, THEY
REALLY DO THINK HIGHLY OF YOU.
WHAT ELSE?
LET'S SEE...
HANG ON.
I'M TRYING TO THINK.

Joe says THERE'S NOT MUCH ELSE,
TRUST ME.

Luana says OKAY,
MAYBE THERE'S NOT A LOT.
BUT, JOE...

Joe says I STILL LOVE
YOU, SO THAT'S A GOOD ONE.
THAT'S OUR TIME.

Luana says IS IT?

Joe says YEAH.

Luana says WHAT TIME IS IT?

The caption changes to "Joe was sentenced to 18 months in prison."

(music plays)

Demario says THEY TALK
LIKE I WAS JUST ANOTHER
AFRICAN AMERICAN KID WHO
MESSED UP AND ENDED UP
IN FRONT OF A JUDGE
FOR THE FIRST TIME.
THAT'S ALL THEY WILL
EVER SEE ME AS.
UNTIL I DO SOMETHING
TO CHANGE THAT.
I MAY NOT BE THE
PRESIDENT NOW BUT I CAN
STILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN
THE SAME WAY THAT THE
PRESIDENT CAN MAKE
A DIFFERENCE.
I MIGHT BE ON
PROBATION BUT I DIDN'T
LOSE BECAUSE
I'M NOT BROKEN.

The caption changes to "Demario returned to university on a full academic scholarship."

Lee Burrell has a smoke in a park and says ALL I CAN SAY,
MAN, IS IT'S
BEAUTIFUL TO BE FREE.
JUST TO BE ABLE TO GO
PLACES AND DO THINGS
THAT YOU TOOK FOR
GRANTED AT ONE TIME.
I TOOK FREEDOM FOR
GRANTED ONE TIME AND I'LL
NEVER DO THAT AGAIN.
I'M JUST GRATEFUL
TO BE ALIVE, MAN.
GLAD TO BE HERE.

(music plays)

The end credits roll.

Shot and directed by Matt Gallagher.

Produced by Cornelia Principe and Matt Gallagher.

Produced in association with TVO, The Documentary Channel, with the participation of CMF and the Rogers Documentary Fund.

Copyright 2016, Border City Pictures Inc.

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