Season 1, Episode 2: “Ezell Ford”
This episode will explore both the legal system (how does someone expunge their record/change the law’s perception of them once they’re in the system?) and the way in which the government, and police specifically, handle individuals with mental health issues. Ezell Ford grew up in a neighborhood where little to no opportunity was afforded to him outside of petty crime and gang activity. When a 25-year-old with schizophrenia and the mental capacity of a ten-year-old is targeted by police, we’re left with the question – is proximity to crime a crime in itself?