On Friday, actor/producer Michael K. Williams, who memorably played Omar Little in “The Wire,” came to Baltimore for a screening and discussion of “Raised in the System,” a documentary about the juvenile justice system. The event was co-sponsored by OSI, the Mayor’s Office of African-American Male Engagement, and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, where the event was held.
In the documentary, Williams goes to jails, prison, courthouses, and schools to talk to young people, including many who are currently engaged in the juvenile or criminal justice system. He also talks to Felicia Porter, Snoop from the “The Wire,” and his nephew, Dominic Dupont, who received clemency from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo after over 21 years of incarceration for a crime he committed at the age of 17. Both Pearson and Dupont participated in a solutions-oriented post-screening panel discussion, along with OSI Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program Director Tara Huffman (pictured with microphone), State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, and others.