WVIA Documentary on Prison Rehabilitation Program ‘A Call to CARE’ premieres October 14


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Extract from a press release:

WVIA will present the original documentary film “A Call to CARE” on Thursday October 14th at 8pm on WVIA-TV.

“A Call to CARE” is a one-hour film produced by WVIA that explores the Court-Assisted Rehabilitation Program, an effort to help those released from prison with a moderate to high risk of reoffending avoid a devastating relapse in behavior crime. It chronicles the entire rehabilitation process of the program and celebrates its healing resonance in the community.

“CARE Court is about inclusion, it’s about welcoming people back after they’ve made mistakes in their lives and paid for those mistakes,” said Kris Hendrickson, director of the film.

“There was a lot of courage and responsibility in the way the CARE participants opened up to us for ‘A Call To CARE’. It restores your faith in people.

In the Court-Assisted Rehabilitation Program, also known as CARE, compassion replaces punishment as a catalyst for rehabilitation for a second chance. The United States District Court for the Central District of Pennsylvania adopted the CARE program as a public-private collaboration in 2009.

The CARE team is made up of representatives from Federal Justice, the Department of Justice, the Office of Federal Public Defenders, and the United States Office of Probation. Local, regional and national non-partisan private business interests partner with federal staff and can provide participants with access to a range of resources otherwise unavailable. Supervision is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a hands-on, hands-on approach to problem solving that can change thought or behavior patterns that lead to conflict. Successful completion of the program can reduce a participant’s supervised release period by a third.

“Documentaries like these show WVIA’s long-standing commitment to telling the stories of our region and highlighting those who are making positive change,” said Ben Payavis, WVIA Content Director.

Recalls for the film will be released on Friday, October 15 at 1 p.m. Sunday October 17 at 12:30 p.m .; Thursday October 21 at 9 p.m. and Friday October 22 at 2 p.m.

“A Call to CARE” will also be available to watch on demand on wvia.org and on the PBS and WVIA apps after the first broadcast. Learn more about the film and watch the trailer here.

WVIA in Pittston is the PBS and NPR affiliate serving over 22 counties in northeast and central Pennsylvania. For over 50 years, WVIA has been committed to serving people by providing informative, educational and entertaining content that enriches and broadens perspectives and serves as a catalyst for positive change. Its mission is to educate, inspire, entertain and foster citizenship, diverse cultures and perspectives to nurture the community.

WVIA TV channels include WVIA-TV, WVIA PBS Kids 24/7, and WVIA Create. WVIA radio channels include WVIA Radio, WVIA HD2 and the Chiaroscuro channel. WVIA’s programs are also available to stream live and on demand at wvia.org and the WVIA app.

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