Top 10 Tips for Clemency or Parole Videos

“Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done”

– Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

At WITNESS, we believe in and have seen firsthand the transformative power of video and storytelling to support advocates, lawyers and their clients seeking parole and clemency. Video can allow the opportunity to see someone in their full humanity – their mannerisms, their essence, the parts of a person that get lost in a lengthy packet or written statement. Video can help clients take control of their narratives, and most importantly for a clemency and parole, video can communicate a person’s transformation and their remorse in ways that written documentation can fall short.

Though video is not the right tool for every advocate and client (see our checklist to determine if it’s right for your work), if you do decide to use video, below are ten tips for ensuring that process is successful.

Download the tip sheet here.

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