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VICTIM OF THE SYSTEM
Author: Jane Benson
Genre: Script

Registry #: scr002

 

We have all heard the story of Hurricane Carter, a civil rights leader and boxer, who spent nineteen years in prison for murders that he did not commit. The other equally interesting and equally important half of Hurricane's story is the story of John Artis, his alleged accomplice.

Artis spent fifteen years in prison for murders that he did not commit. During this time, his freedom was dangled before him like a precious carrot... if only he'd implicate Carter, he would be a free man. Artis didn't bite. He chose to tell the truth, even though the price of doing so was his freedom. This is why Carter calls Artis one of the few angels he has encountered in his life.

While in prison, Artis was instrumental in founding the famous "Scared Straight" program to help steer juvenile offenders away from a life of crime. He also developed a very painful circulatory disease that caused him to lose several fingertips.

Both Artis and Carter were eventually exonerated by the Supreme Court.

This story has everything: heroism at great cost; great injustice and finally freedom.

The script is in process and is scheduled for completion in August, 2000.

Duration is 120 minutes.

 

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