Directed by Bess O’Brien. Filmmaker will attend with people from her film.
Coming Home is a documentary film focused on five people returning to their Vermont communities from prison. The film focuses on the innovative COSA program (Circle of Support and Accountability) that helps reintegrate folks back into their daily lives. The COSA program is run through Vermont’s Community Justice Centers and is part of the restorative justice model.
COSA’s are made up of community volunteers who meet once a week with offenders returning to their towns and cities. The idea of the COSA model is to “walk with a core member as he or she transitions from prison to community.” Folks coming out of prison meet once a week for a year with their volunteer group enabling them to create strong bonds of support, friendship, and accountability as they work to become healthy members of society.
“Bess O’Brien is Vermont’s storyteller… and truth teller.” – VT Attorney General, T.J. Donovan