State(s) of Reform Screening Tour


THE RETURN PROJECT’s State(s) of Reform Screening Tour leverages the power of film to convene community stakeholders from business and government, as well as local nonprofits and those returning from prison. Along with a screening of THE RETURN, these select events spur community-wide conversations to identify new opportunities for collaboration and strengthen local support for returnees.

By targeting cities where THE RETURN PROJECT can make the greatest impact, the State(s) of Reform Tour creates a narrative of communities coming together to benefit all citizens and help to outline a blueprint for other cities to follow suit.

book a screening at your business to join the “Good Business” / Employee Stakeholder tour

More screenings coming soon.


Stanford, CA

Hosted by Stanford Law School

Steamboat Springs, CO

Hosted by Bud Werner Memorial Library

New York, NY

Hosted by DCTV

Alameda, CA

Hosted by Alameda Free Library

New Orleans, LA

Hosted by Alvar Library

Baltimore, MD

Hosted by Congressman Elijah Cummings (MD-7)

New York City

Hosted by New America Foundation and The Marshall Project

Seattle, WA

Hosted by University of Washington, Law, Societies, and Justice Program

Philadelphia, PA

Hosted by Philadelphia City Council, Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project, and the Pennsylvania Prison Society

Nashville, TN

Hosted by Project Return

Chicago, IL

Hosted by Chicago Media Project

Atlanta, GA

Hosted by Southern Center for Human Rights

New Orleans

Hosted by Vera Institute of Justice

New Jersey

Hosted by New Jersey’s Judicial College

San Francisco


San Francisco


INPUT 2017

Thessaloniki, Greece

Second Chance Summit



East Bay, CA

Hosted by AFL-CIO, Google DC and CSOSA

Washington, DC

Employment Stakeholder Tour

Central to The Return Project’s campaign is working to increase pathways to employment for the formerly incarcerated. For that reason, The Return Project recently launched its “Employment Stakeholder Tour” with the support of The Ford Foundation and others. This pursuit has involved forging relationships with businesses nationwide and urging them – via screenings, panel discussions and ongoing conversations – to consider changing their hiring policies to include the formerly incarcerated. We are joining leaders in the reentry, business, policy and media spaces to shed light on an enormous talent pool of dedicated hard working employees and change the narrative about this untapped talent pool.

National Prison Screening Tour

Our national prison screening tour seeks to give those currently incarcerated crucial information about what to expect upon release — including the importance of transitional housing that allows time to decompress from prison and minimize possible pitfalls of moving directly back in with family; the potential for employment and other prospects on the outside; and, importantly, a measure of hope about their futures.

The film has screened before thousands of prisoners in New York, Ohio, California, Washington, and Oregon, and many of these screenings have been followed by in-person Q&A sessions with the film’s directors Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega and with Kevin Bilal Chatman, one of The Return’s key subjects. In every prison we visited, people were looking for answers to their questions about parole, housing, opportunities for employment, what to expect in their relationships, and where to look for resources for themselves and their families. Chatman holds many of the answers they seek. Released when Three Strikes reform passed in 2012 from a punishment of 150 years to life + six life sentences for a minor, non-violent drug crime, he now works as a logistics supervisor for two major companies and travels the country as a core member of The Return Project’s campaign team. At Washington State’s Monroe Correctional Complex and many other institutions across the country, prisoners expressed how having the chance to watch others move through the process in such intimate detail in the film — and to discuss their questions and concerns about their futures with Chatman — was transformative.