A System of Justice

An intimate portrait of the last days of a death-row exoneree, A System of Justice seeks to succinctly explain the devastating human consequences of the broken criminal justice system in the United States.



Running time

9' 19"

Directed by

Jane Wells & Brad Rothschild

Produced by

Jane Wells & Brad Rothschild

We are thrilled that A System of Justice won Best Documentary Short at the 2016 New York International Short Film Festival and at the 2017 West Chester Film Festival.

This award validates the importance of seeking out under-reported human rights abuses. Glenn Ford’s wrongful conviction and incarceration will not be in vain if his story continues to be a catalyst for change. Wrongful incarceration must remain at the forefront of the national dialogue.

A System of Justice had its world premiere on March 5th at 2:30pm at the Odeon Cinema in the Manchester Film Festival.

Plot summary and background:

In 2014, Glenn Ford was exonerated after spending 33 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. After his release Ford suffered further injustices: He was diagnosed with late stage lung cancer and Louisiana State refused to pay any compensation for his time in prison. An intimate portrait of Ford as he nears death, A System of Justice was filmed over 2 days at the hospice where Glenn spent his final days. 3 Generations partnered with two organizations, Resurrection After Exoneration and The Innocence Project, who helped Glenn in his final days.

Nonprofit partners:

Resurrection After Exoneration is a New Orleans-based charity founded by death row exoneree John Thompson (who appears in A Different American Dream). Its mission is to ‘provide direct services and opportunities to exonerees and other formerly incarcerated individuals’ in order for them to reestablish themselves as functioning members of the community.

You can find out more about the work they do here: www.r-a-e.org

The Innocence Project is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice’. They receive more than 3,000 requests annually and are evaluating between 6,000 and 8,000 potential cases at any time.

You can find out more about the work they do here: www.innocenceproject.org

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