Time Served Screening & Discussion
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Join WITF and PA Post for a screening of the new documentary "Time Served".
In July, 2018, Charles Aberegg attacked his wife in the middle of the night. Aberegg suffered from PTSD from his military service and was prone to night terrors, according to his wife. But his alcohol abuse -- triggered and made worse by his trauma -- made him black out during the attack.
He faced up to five years in prison. But because of his military service, he was offered an opportunity to go through a Veterans Treatment Court. He's been sober ever since.
But not everyone gets that opportunity. Lack of resources at the county level or counties simply refusing to stand up a veterans court means that people with similar crimes face very different outcomes.
A PA Post / WITF original documentary, "Time Served" follows what it's like for Aberegg and another Iraq war veteran, both in the courtroom and behind bars.
Time Served Intro
In July, 2018, Charles Aberegg attacked his wife in the middle of the night. Aberegg suffered from PTSD from his military service and was prone to night terrors, according to his wife. But his alcohol abuse -- triggered and made worse by his trauma -- made him black out during the attack. He faced up to five years in prison. But because of his military service, he was offered an opportunity to go through a Veterans Treatment Court. He's been sober ever since. But not everyone gets that opportunity. Lack of resources at the county level or counties simply refusing to stand up a veterans court means that people with similar crimes face very different outcomes. A PA Post / WITF original documentary, "Time Served" follows what it's like for Aberegg and another Iraq war veteran, both in the courtroom and behind bars. CREDITS: Producer Joseph Darius Jaafari Executive producers Cara Williams-Fry Russ Walker Camera Tom Downing Joseph Darius Jaafari Kate Landis Graphics & visual effects Tom Downing Audio technician Joe Ulrich Editing Joseph Darius Jaafari Multimedia producer Michael Williams Director of programming for TV Fred Vigeant Production Specialist John Kinzer Video Edit Manager Mitch Mathias Technology director Matt Wilson Digital manager Lisa Wardle Drone Footage Cole Kitchen Marie Cusick Intern Ben Pontz Post Review Kathleen Pavelko Archival footage U.S. Department of Defense U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs U.S. Army Associated Press “My Unbelief” Written by Bradley Jay Hill Performed and Produced by Hill “Retreat” Written By Chelsea McGough Performed By Chelsea McGough “All Other Things Considered” Written By Matthew Wigton Performed By Dresden, The Flamingo “Sinous” Written By Titus Performed By Titus “Memoriam” Written By Chelsea McGough, Stephen Keech Performed By Stephen Keech, Chelsea McGough Produced By Chelsea McGough, Stephen Keech “Soft Shimmer” Written By Chelsea McGough Performed By Chelsea McGough Produced By Chelsea McGough “Continuum” Written By Andrew Dean Piland Performed By Colossus Produced By Colossus “We Could Begin Again” Written By Charles Daniel Lowell Performed By Cloud Wave Produced By Cloud Wave
- Heather Woolridge
WITF's Director of Community Engagement
- Russ Walker-Q&A Moderator and PA Post Executive Editor
Russ Walker joined PA Post in 2019 as executive editor. He previously worked at KING 5 News, the NBC-affiliated TV station serving Seattle and Western Washington. At KING, Russ oversaw the award-winning investigative unit and managed the newsroom’s daily operations. His background includes stints as an editor for POLITICO, washingtonpost.com, FreedomChannel.com, American Health Line and U.N. Wire. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. Russ and his wife, journalist and cookbook author Kim O’Donnel, live in Lancaster.
- Joseph Darius Jaafari-PA Post Reporter & TIME SERVED Producer
Joseph Darius Jaafari is a staff writer for the PA Post. His work covering crime, the military and LGBTQ issues has been featured in The Marshall Project, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Atlantic and The New York Times. He is a graduate of the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, and an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has produced for VICE and The New York Post. He is a native Arizonan and infamous for his love of tacos.
- Chuck Aberegg
Featured in the documentary
- Tammy Ferguson-Eastern Region Acting Deputy Secretary, PA Department of Corrections
Tammy Ferguson is a 24 year veteran of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Ferguson began her career in 1995 as a Corrections Officer Trainee at SCI Smithfield. She was promoted to Corrections Officer 1 in 1996 and to Corrections Officer 2 in 2003. In 2005 she was promoted to Corrections Officer 3, a position she held until 2008, when she was promoted to Corrections Officer 4 at SCI Smithfield. In 2009, Ferguson served as the Inspection Captain for the Central Region Inspection Team. In 2010 she was named Major, Chief of Security, for the Department of Corrections. She remained in that position until her transition to SCI Rockview as Deputy Superintendent for Centralized Services in 2012. Ferguson transferred to SCI Benner Township in 2013 and assisted with the opening of that correctional facility. She was promoted to Superintendent at SCI Benner Township in 2014 and transferred to SCI Graterford in 2018. Ferguson transitioned to SCI Phoenix for the opening of that facility in 2018. In 2020, she was assigned as Acting Regional Deputy Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Deputy Secretary Ferguson is a member of the Association of Women Executives in Corrections and Pennsylvania Prison Warden’s Association. She is a 2013 graduate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Leadership Development Institute and a veteran of the United States Air Force.
- Josh Hoe-Policy Analyst, Safe & Just Michigan
Josh is a Policy Analyst at Safe & Just Michigan and the host of the "Decarceration Nation" Podcast. He is formerly Incarcerated and works to try to change criminal justice policy in Michigan and across the country. Josh holds a Masters degree in International Relations and is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma.
- PA State Senator Pam Iovino (D – Allegheny & Washington)
Senator Pam Iovino was sworn in on April 29, 2019 to represent the 37th State Senatorial District, which includes parts of Allegheny and Washington Counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania. She has dedicated her life to public service, serving 23 years in the U.S. Navy and representing veterans at the federal and local levels prior to her election to the Pennsylvania Senate. After receiving a commission from Officer Candidate School and graduating with distinction in 1980, her Navy service included tours as a Missile Maintenance Officer, Manpower Analyst, Anti-terrorism Intelligence Watch Officer, Network Warfare Program Manager, Congressional Liaison, and four Commanding officer assignments, including the Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center Pittsburgh. Her military awards include the Legion of Merit Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal. Senator Iovino attained the rank of Captain and retired from the Navy in 2003 upon nomination by President George W. Bush to serve as Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). She was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve at the VA, where she was the chief advocate for all legislative matters on Capitol Hill for our Nation’s 25 million veterans. Senator Iovino returned to Western Pennsylvania in 2009 as an Adjunct Professor at Robert Morris University. In 2017, she became Director of Veterans’ Services for Allegheny County. Senator Iovino is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh and has served as a Board Member of the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania and as a member of the Governor’s Women Veterans Committee. She currently serves on the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, the Special Education Funding Commission, the Council for the Arts, the Emergency Management Council, and the 911 Advisory Board. Senator Iovino has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Gettysburg College (1978) and a master’s degree in National Security & Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College (1992). She serves as the Democratic Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee and sits on the Committees on Appropriations; Communications & Technology; Community, Economic & Recreational Development; and Labor & Industry. She was born and raised in the Borough of Whitehall, PA in the 37th District, and currently resides in Mt. Lebanon, PA.
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