A documentary film by Sebastian Sdaigui
At first glance, Pete Monsanto Jr lives a glamorous life; a celebrity photographer who works with Meek Mill, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, etc. But look deeper and you will see a man with a Dad-sized hole in his life. Pete was just five years old when his father was sentenced to life without parole for racketeering. Pete is now the same age his dad was when he was sent away. During his incarceration, Pete’s father runs every day in the prison yard, keeping his mind and body sharp. Inspired by his dad, Pete decided to run the NYC marathon. Pete’s personal story, the special bond he shared with his incarcerated dad and his experience with the 26-mile race are the subject of Run For His Life.
A family has been reunited! Pete Monsanto Jr, featured in our short documentary, Run For His Life, was just reunited with his father, after having served over 30 years in prison. Nearly 6 million children have an incarcerated parent. That number was just reduced by 1 through the compassionate release program.
In a 2010 study, it was found that 2.7 million children have an incarcerated parent.1 According to The Sentencing Project, Black children are 7.5 times more likely and Hispanic children are 2.6 times more likely than are white children to have a parent in prison.2 According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 92% of parents in prison are fathers.3
Odyssey Impact® and REFORM Alliance hosted a Youth and Criminal Justice Forum centered on this film this Spring. Watch clips from this special event below.
Pete Monsanto Jr.
Jessica Jackson, Chief Advocacy Officer, REFORM Alliance
Race & Policing
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