From Graterford to grants, El Sawyer has used his past to affect others’ future

Bobbing and Weaving Through A Minefield

When El Sawyer was 17 years old, he was sentenced to 8 years in Graterford prison for a drug-related shooting. At night, he lay awake in his cell, in fear of a rotating string of cellmates in the bunk above him, thinking about what went on in the prison-the stabbings, killings, suicide, depression, and anger.

Gravity can’t hold local filmmakers or released offenders down

How these local filmmakers are exposing the root of recidivism – Generocity Philly

(Screenshot) If we want to reconcile the socioeconomic consequences of mass incarceration, we can’t ignore the cyclical nature of the environments we’re sending formerly incarcerated individuals back into. Those environments – produced by generations of marginalization – harness a nearly inescapable gravitational pull that victimize the people who live within them.