In "Tribal Justice," Native American Judges Fight For Their Communities

Apr 5, 2017

Judge Abby Abinanti presides over a tribal court where she tries to rebuild Native American families and communities.
Credit Courtesy of Anne Makepeace

In Native American communities, poverty, drugs and the school-to-prison pipeline mean few second chances for those who commit crimes.

Two tribal judges in California are taking a different approach: Abby Abinanti and Claudette White are using restorative justice techniques to rehabilitate offenders and keep families together.

They are the subject of Anne Makepeace’s documentary film “Tribal Justice.” The film screens as part of the the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival this Friday, April 7 at 1:20 p.m.

Host Frank Stasio previews the film with filmmaker Anne Makepeace.