A System of Justice

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

In 2014, Glenn Ford was exonerated after spending 29 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.

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.

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.

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.

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