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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 14, 2021

Acting United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler Thanks WVIA For Producing “A Call To Care”

HARRISBURG – WVIA will premiere the original documentary film “A Call to CARE” on Thursday, October 14th, at 8 p.m. on WVIA TV. WVIA is the PBS and NPR affiliate serving over 22 counties in northeastern and central Pennsylvania and encores of the documentary will air on Friday, October 15th, at 1 p.m., Sunday, October 17th, at 12:30p.m., Thursday October 21st, at 9 p.m., and Friday, October 22nd, at 2 p.m. In addition, it will also be available to watch on-demand at WVIA.org and on the PBS and WVIA Apps after the broadcast premiere.

“A Call to CARE” is a one-hour original documentary film produced by WVIA that explores the Court-Assisted Re-Entry (CARE) Program that exists in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The Middle District’s CARE program is designed to help individuals released from prison avoid a devastating relapse into criminal behavior. As described by WVIA, “the documentary chronicles the program’s comprehensive rehabilitative process and celebrates its healing resonance in the community.”

“The Middle District’s CARE program was one of the first re-entry programs to operate in the federal system and represents one of the most important initiatives of the Department of Justice,” stated Acting United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler. “Re-entry programs are not just a matter of public safety-it’s also an issue of housing and health care; a question of education and employment; and a family challenge that affects millions across the country every year. Since 2009 we have proudly participated in CARE along with many others in the federal judiciary, the Federal Public Defender’s Office, and the U.S. Probation Office. Numerous private individuals and private organizations have also devoted significant time and money to implement ground-breaking public-private partnerships to provide participants with access to a range of otherwise unavailable resources. We are gratified that WVIA has dedicated its resources to chronicle our efforts and the numerous successful outcomes that have resulted.  I want to thank all those who played a part in producing this remarkable documentary and I also want to express my appreciation to all the private individuals and private organizations who have contributed to the program’s success over the years.”

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Updated October 14, 2021