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The Mentor Act

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Graphite Pencil / Branded Film Content & Entertainment / Branded Film Content & Entertainment - Documentary / 2015

Studies have shown that children with positive role models are less likely to commit a crime. The Mentor Act is a bill that makes mentorship a legal excusal from jury duty. By providing children with better mentors, crime is reduced, as is the need for jurors. The Mentor Act appeared in a special issue of Esquire magazine, designed to be torn out and mailed directly to state representatives. Barton F. Graf 9000 also ran a mini-documentary online and on the Esquire TV network. The film narrated how current prison inmates began their downfall with bad mentors, and how good mentors could prevent the incarceration of future generations. All media drove towards an online site where users could watch the documentary, read the bill, and email it directly to their local politicians.

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