‘The Sentence’ shows ripple effects of the war on drugs

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Cindy Valdez spent six years rebuilding her life after her drug dealer boyfriend was murdered. She got married, had three daughters, and lived a happy life. But that ended when she was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for crimes tied to her past life. Her story is in a new documentary about how mandatory minimum sentences upend the lives of entire families.


Rudy Valdez - Filmmaker, director of ‘The Sentence' - @thereelrudyv

Madeleine Brand

Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Christian Bordal, Yael Even Or, Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir