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

slim, white-haired Abby Abinanti stands looking serious on a misty hill
Courtesy of Anne Makepeace
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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.

Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.