One Vision Productions Recognized for Exemplary Service

Posted Mon, Jun 5, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

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Forrest Tuff, CEO of One Vision Productions received a Certificate of Appreciation for his company's exemplary service to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia. The award was given during the movie premiere of "RELEASED: When Does the Sentence End?" which took place on June 1st at the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University. There were 550+ attendees consisting of judges attorneys, political figures, law enforcement officials, and citizens of the Atlanta community.

 

The 45-minute documentary was co-produced/directed by Tuff and produced by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia. One Vision Productions managed the branding and creation of the film which explores how citizens returning to society “continue to pay for the mistakes of their past while still holding out hope for the future,” according to a news release. The film highlights the employment and other barriers faced by former prisoners.

Gov. Nathan Deal attended the premiere of the documentary. Deal is one of two dozen people who are featured in the 45-minute movie. "The best criminal justice reform is education reform," Gov. Nathan Deal said Wednesday moments before the premiere of a documentary produced by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Atlanta. He noted that 70 percent of criminals entering prison did not graduate high school and they also do not come in with any “marketable skills.”

U.S. Attorney John Horn said his office produced the documentary to make a point to employers. The film included interviews with former inmates describing the problems they faced getting jobs and their fears of failing without employment. Horn said helping them get an education and job training would benefit all of society, not just the felons. “People we are putting in prison are people who will someday... return to our communities,” Horn said. If released inmates return to crime, that means more victims and more costs to taxpayers to prosecute and continue incarcerating them “over and over.” Horn said it costs the state $118,000 each time a felon commits crimes and returns to prison.