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Snitch The Movie: The War on Drugs and Mandatory Minimums

Nickie Phillips

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9M1dkvdCUGU The film "Snitch" tells the story of a father, John Matthews (Dwyane Johnson), whose son is arrested for drug dealing and faces a 10 year minimum sentence. Matthews agrees to become an informant for the state in exchange for a sentence reduction for his son. Young Minds Inspired, an educational outreach program, recommends using the film to spark discussion among students:

Bring your students into the conversation surrounding the new film Snitch, opening in theaters nationwide on February 22, 2013. Inspired by the true experiences of a teenager who became caught up in the legal machinery of drug enforcement, Snitch opens debate on the controversial connection between mandatory sentencing and what has come to be called “snitching,” offering an inside look at a little known aspect of our justice system.

Download YMI's mandatory minimum factsheets here.