New drama ’61st Avenue’ goals to spark dialog about prison justice system

LOS ANGELES, April 27 (Reuters) – In AMC Networks’ new U.S. tv drama “61st Avenue,” Emmy and Tony award-winning actor Courtney B. Vance performs devoted lawyer Franklin Roberts who decides to go all in on a case that would shake the prison justice system.

Roberts represents Moses Johnson (performed by British actor Tosin Cole), a promising Black highschool observe runner in Chicago destined for achievement in school. Johnson is wrongfully accused of murdering a police officer, setting the scene for plot twists that result in a much bigger dialogue of systemic points in a marginalized neighborhood, together with its relationship with the police division, drug wars, jail circumstances and entry to assets.

“I feel everybody can put themselves in that scenario and go what if I bought right into a scenario the place there was nobody to assist me,” stated Vance. “It may very well be the jail system. It may very well be the judicial system. When you get in there, individuals assume you are responsible and so they again away from you as a result of it is overwhelming.”

Register now for FREE limitless entry to

“You see the results of what sure issues have on a household, how that one mistake or being within the flawed place on the flawed time has on a household or has on the police power or has on the system,” Cole stated.

The present’s first two seasons had been shot in Chicago the place creator Peter Moffat and government producers Michael B. Jordan, Alana Mayo and J. David Shanks made positive the present authentically depicted the vibrancy of South Aspect and its struggles by getting enter from residents, neighborhood advocates and law enforcement officials.

Shanks, a former cop and South Aspect Chicago native, stated he hoped the present would encourage discuss “some actually critical points that I feel we as a rustic have to deal with so far as policing and the prison justice system and simply the relationships between legislation enforcement and marginalized communities of shade.”

Among the messages of “61st Avenue” may also translate throughout the globe.

“This stuff do occur in London,” stated Cole, who grew up within the metropolis. “Individuals really feel injustice and nonetheless really feel like classism is a factor and clearly Black persons are a minority there as properly. No matter you are feeling such as you’re going by we might really feel it as properly.”

Register now for FREE limitless entry to

Reporting by Arlene Washington, Enhancing by Rosalba O’Brien

Our Requirements: The Thomson Reuters Belief Rules.