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“Circle Up” Film Screening

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Presented by the Flaschner Judicial Institute, the Social Law Library, and the William P. Homans, Jr. Endowment of the Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society

*This is a bench/bar program.*

About the film:

CIRCLE UP is a new, award-winning documentary on restorative justice, forgiveness, violence prevention, healing, and human dignity. After the brutal slaying of her teenage son, Janet Connors reaches out to her son’s killer to offer a chance for forgiveness. They team up with a group of mothers of murdered children to help young people in their community break the chain of violence and revenge.

CIRCLE UP is a call to action for reframing approaches to crime and punishment through the lens of restorative justice, forgiveness, and accountability.

Feedback about CIRCLE UP:

“A new documentary ‘Circle Up’ tracks the incredible journey of how two Boston women have turned their grief into something positive for the community, even going so far as to forgive some of their sons’ murderers.”; – WBUR

“Janet Connors’ story starts with a knock at the door. She is told that her 19-year-old son, Joel James Turner, has been killed – stabbed to death. What to do with that kind of pain…” -WGBH, All Things Considered

“[S]he forgave her son’s killer – possibly the most moving moment you”ll see on screen all year. That or the scene in which a convicted killer meets a woman at her dead son’s gravesite and breaks down in tears when he tells her he’s sorry.” – The Boston Globe

“The first victim-offender dialogue in Massachusetts…;. Until that point, the State had not allowed victims of crime to meet with those who had caused them harm.”; – HuffingtonPost

Special Guests:

Brief introductory remarks by Thomas B. Shapiro in remembrance of Bill Homans and a post-screening conversation with Director Julie Mallozzi and the subjects of the film Janet Connors and Clarissa Turner.


Wednesday, December 5, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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