A Hard Straight

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A gang member, a mother, and a small-time dealer. They served their sentences, they're on parole, and now they're about to discover that walking out of the prison gates is just the beginning....A Hard Straight shows what it's really like to make the radical transition from prison to mainstream society. The film interweaves the stories of two men and a women – three of the 500,000 people who are released from prison each year – as they attempt to construct new lives on the outside in the face of many unknowns. What will you have to do to survive after walking out with only $200 gate money. How does an extended stay in a world defined by violence and subjugation affect your ability to live your own life? And what resources, both within the community and yourself, will you need to make it?

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