Faces of Mass Incarceration 1

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Raised by 43 people in 37 months

Faces of Mass Incarceration ”© is a documentary inspired by the InterNational Prisoner’s Family Conference , an annual event produced and hosted by Community Solutions of El Paso, a nonprofit organization serving those affected by mass incarceration.  Our mission is to strengthen communities by strengthening the most disenfranchised and under-served to achieve their highest potential to become valuable and valued members of the community.

Much unmerited shame, embarrassment and fear is associated with the prison-family causing most to withdraw and isolate from the mainstream community.  That self-imposed isolation denies the general public the opportunity to know and benefit from the intelligent, talented and valuable people they truly are. 

As a result a mystery surrounds the prison family, perpetuating unsavory myths and stereotypes that lead to unfounded fear of the entire family and especially the family member returning to the community from prison.  That fear often generates an unproductive and harmful anger the “Faces Project ” will subdue.


While we do not condone criminal behaviors and believe such behavior deserves consequences and victims of such offenses deserve to feel safe and supported, we also know that we fear most what we do not know and the mainstream community does not know the prison family.

Years ago Prison Fellowship conducted a survey of business leaders in an effort to create job opportunities for returning prisoners.  The results indicated business people were too frightened of former prisoners to hire them.  When asked “why” they were fearful, the vast majority said they “never knew" a prisoner and therefore assumed such a person would behave badly and scare away customers.  The truth is, most former prisoners are hard workers, loyal to those who will give them a 2nd chance--a true asset to our business community.

Community members fear the prison-family, because they don’t know them on a personal basis.  Those fears often lead to frustration and anger that unfortunately produces more crime. 

Humanizing—demystifying the prison family will reduce unfounded fears and produce safer and more productive  outcomes.
Those of us who personally know prison family members, know the fear and stereotyping that increases the potential for more crime and victimization is largely unfounded.  

If we want safer communities and fewer victims we must reduce that unfounded fear to open doors for inclusion, support and resources for those directly affected by mass incarceration.  We can do that by putting a face on the prison family.

(Click here to view the Faces of Mass Incarceration documentary trailer .)

To reduce unjustified fears we propose introducing the public to the prison-family via a multi-purpose documentary of unscripted interviews with real members of prison families.  The documentary will be aired and posted much like an advertisement and distributed to community organizations such as schools and social services to generate public awareness.

As fears subside, doors will open and support and resources and even friendships will replace shunning and hostility.  The ultimate result will be safer and far more productive communities.

Producing a documentary, especially a documentary designed to serve multiple purposes is very tedious and time-consuming and requires special skills and equipment.  That task, however, has already been reduced by two dedicated volunteers. 

Film-maker, Matt Duhamel of Metamora Films and “Straight Talk” radio host, Chuck Gallagher set up a studio at the 8th annual InterNational Prisoner’s Family Conference where they filmed and interviewed many conference attendees. 

Those whose interviews are now preserved on film include former prisoners and parents, spouses and children of prisoners, all leading productive lives and desiring to create a world in which other prison family members will not experience the ostracizing and shaming they have experienced. 

All of that filming must be edited into meaningful sensitive videos to post and air on social media, at community meetings and webinars, in classrooms, even potentially as infomercials and public service announcements to reach the general public.

The total project will cost in excess of $20,000.00...to do it right...thoughtfully and effectively...and professionally.   

Because this is a multi-purpose project a variety of videos will be created.  Therefore the project will proceed with $5000.00 increments until it is completed.  

Matt and Chuck have generously volunteered their time and skills to give us a head start by filming and interviewing at the conference.  Matt has produced a trailer to promote the “Faces Project .” 

Many prison family members have given of themselves, sharing their hearts and experiences to support this project.  

Now we ask for your financial support to build the production fund to complete the project.  The sooner we reach our goal...the sooner unfounded fears will subside.  

With over 2.5 million prisoners, the U.S. is the largest jailer in the world.  Mass incarceration adversely affects MILLIONS of children and COUNTLESS family members--bright, intelligent, skilled and talented people who are shut off from the mainstream community because the majority of our citizens unnecessarily fear them.  

We have an exceptional opportunity to humanize these families; to reduce groundless fears; to strengthen our communities and make them safer.  

By supporting the Faces of Mass Incarceration”© documentary you are strengthening families, strengthening our communities, and reducing crime and victimization.  

With your permission we would love to add your name to the “Faces Project” supporters as the credits scroll at the end of the documentary.


Donate today through this GoFundMe site or make your donation payable to “Community Solutions,” the host nonprofit organization and mail it to:

Faces Project
Community Solutions
2200 N. Yarbrough, B 245
El Paso, TX 79925

For those who prefer to donate through PayPal, click here .

All donations, large and small, are needed and greatly appreciated and your donation is tax deductible.

We will gladly respond to questions and comments. 

Thank you so much for your consideration.

To view the documentary trailer, click here .
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Final revisions are being made and soon the Faces of Mass Incarceration documentary will be ready for release. We must raise funds to the final editing, as well as promotion & distribution of the completed documentary.

Please go to our GoFundMe page and provide your support for concluding the Faces of Mass Incarceration documentary .
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The premiere showing of the Faces of Mass Incarceration documentary will be held at the 2017 InterNational Prisoner's Family Conference. Subsequently the documentary will be shared publicly with groups and organizations accompanied by a facilitator manual designed to compel discussion promoting supportive inclusion of prison family members.

Your support of promotion & distribution of the documentary is critical to the success of this documentary.
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Join us for the PREMIERE of the Faces of Mass Incarceration documentary to be held at the 2017 InterNational Prisoner's Family Conference. There is still time to register. See the conference website for details & registration. (prisonersfamilyconference.org)

Funding support is still needed to complete production and produce a facilitator's manual to compel meaningful dialogue, as well as on-going support to promote & distribute the distribute the documentary. Continue to remember the "Faces Project" with your donations.
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We getting close to the premier of the Faces of Mass Incarceration documentary. Hope you are planning to attend the premier at the 2017 InterNational Prisoner's Family Conference.
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Heather Deede Duhamel
37 months ago

Matt is excited to be a part of this project. Thank you to everyone that has supported this much needed film project. Heather Duhamel

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Cathy Schillaci
37 months ago

Thank you for the wonderful and very needed work that you are doing!!!! I am a mom of a prisoner and there are a multitude of problems that need to be addressed. I will help to spread the word on your efforts to make a difference!!!

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Raised by 43 people in 37 months
Created June 3, 2016
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Meredith Comes
18 months ago

Good luck with the completion of this important film.

26 months ago
Sharyl Green
27 months ago

I send this donation in honor of Jamaria, the lead character in my middle grades novel, You Can't Lock up the Moon. And with a hearty thank you to Carolyn and the team behind this important film. Onward.

Liz Gordon
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Hope you raise the rest!

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Heather Deede Duhamel
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Matt is excited to be a part of this project. Thank you to everyone that has supported this much needed film project. Heather Duhamel

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Cathy Schillaci
37 months ago

Thank you for the wonderful and very needed work that you are doing!!!! I am a mom of a prisoner and there are a multitude of problems that need to be addressed. I will help to spread the word on your efforts to make a difference!!!

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