First-time filmmaker Rudy Valdez’s The Sentence tells the story of his sister Cindy Shank, a mother of three who received a 15-year mandatory sentence for conspiracy charges related to her deceased ex-boyfriend’s crimes. The documentary offers a searing look at the consequences of mandatory minimum sentencing and received critical acclaim when it premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
The University of Baltimore School of Law will present this HBO documentary on Monday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m., followed by a panel discussion on the history of mandatory sentencing and its impact throughout the country and in Maryland. The panelists also will discuss the role of Maryland’s Felony Murder Statute in unjust sentences, and efforts to reform it in the upcoming legislative session in Annapolis.
The panel will include UB School of Law Professor David Jaros; Lila Meadows, clinical fellow in the school’s Juvenile Justice Project, and Sharon Blount, sister of a JJP clinic client who is serving a life sentence. The event is sponsored by UB’s Juvenile Justice Project, the UB Criminal Law Association, the Justice Policy Institute, Fusion Partnerships and Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition.
RSVP to the event here.