This fact-based made-for-cable movie simultaneously examines the power of education to change the lives of criminals and the lasting effect of violent crime on the families of their victims. Posing as a journeyman novelist, best-selling crime writer Paul Freeman (Matthew Modine) accepts a penitentiary teaching post for his own research purposes. Impressed by the perceptive style of taciturn lifer Charles Henderson (Obba Babatunde), Freeman encourages
Henderson to write. But Freeman's good intentions meet a wall of resistance.
A former Black Panther, Henderson raided a hippie apartment building 20 years earlier on the belief that it was a dope house and was involved...