First Degree

Nationwide, nearly half of released inmates return to prison within 5 years.  First Degree takes viewers inside Sing Sing Prison, one of the nation’s most infamous maximum-security prisons, and presents a remarkable program that has dropped the recidivism rate to under 2%.  Mercy College has partnered with the prison to provide an opportunity for inmates to earn a college degree, and with it, an entirely new life upon release.  This inspiring documentary introduces us to the inmates who are actively choosing to change their life paths by participating in the college program, including convicted murderers and gang members who have now become role models for other inmates.  First Degree shows how the diploma these men earn is far more than just a piece of paper; it is a second chance at life itself.

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Winner, 2015 Tiburon International Film Festival, Tiburon CA, Golden Reel Award, Best Short

Winner, 2015 Worldfest-Houston International Film and Video Festival, Gold Remi Award

Winner, 2015 Ojai Film Festival, Best Documentary Short

Official Selection, 2015 New York City Independent Film Festival

Official Selection, 2015 Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival

Official Selection, 2015 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival




"First Degree is a dramatic and emotional powerhouse."

- David Rothenberg, Founder and Executive Director,The Fortune Society


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