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Jason's Sentence

Jason's Sentence

Jason's Sentence

Jason Hernandez was barely 21 when he was sentenced to life without parole, plus 320 years, for a nonviolent drug crime. JASON’S SENTENCE is part of a short animated documentary series about mass incarceration in the U.S., which shows the toll that an abusive and unjust criminal system takes on individuals, families, and communities.

Client ACLU
Director Elyse Kelly

Jason's Sentence

“I wasn’t a bad kid. I just made bad decisions.”

Jason Hernandez was barely 21 when he was sentenced to life without parole, plus 320 years, for a nonviolent drug crime. JASON’S SENTENCE is part of a short animated documentary series about mass incarceration in the U.S., which shows the toll that an abusive and unjust criminal system takes on individuals, families, and communities.

Select accolades & press
Finalist, Tribeca X Awards
Animafest Zagreb
Sundance Film Festival (special screening) 
IndieWire

Client ACLU

Director Elyse Kelly

Animation director Elise Simard
Producer Holly Stone
Executive producer Ron Diamond

Original music Brooke Blair & Will Blair 

Story finder/Field producer Kelly Ramundo
Editors Dan Fipphen, Elyse Kelly

Concept development Hyun Jin Park
Lead animation & character design Kathleen Weldon
Additional animation Claire Blanchet, Eva Cvijanovic, Catherine Dubeau, Alexandra Lemay, Lori Malépart-Traversy, Parissa Mohit, David Seitz
Additional compositing David Seitz

Location sound mixer Taylor Faison
Post production sound services Studio Unknown