C.A.R.E is a 16 minute long documentary filmed by 5 Bucknell students taking an English Film/Media Studies course. The film was selected from a list of possibilities from the Film/Media Production Clinic, where every semester local organizations bid to have videos completed by film students. The C.A.R.E. program was selected because of the high impact this type of project could have on ex-offenders. The students wanted to participate in a meaningful production that could create social change.
The program was created by Judge Yvette Kane and is supported by additional Judges Thomas Vanaskie and William Arbuckle. The program hopes to reduce the recidivism rate by offering participants the opportunity to receive support. The ex-offenders are partnered with probation offers, Judges, and community members who help council. Ex-offenders who participate in the program can receive a reduced sentence, receive funding to attend college, and aid in finding jobs.
The program hopes to become a model to reduce recidivism across the country and hopes more inmates awaiting release will be encourage to participate due to the testimonies of the participants of the documentary film.