First Time Felon

Synopsis: Inspired by the true story of Greg Yance. In the film, Yance (Epps) is a hood who goes to jail for possession of drugs. He is given a choice: 5 years in jail or a couple of months in boot camp. He chooses boot camp and finds out it is tougher than he thought it would be. He braves it through and comes home a better man. He then has to deal with the real world, and never gives up no matter what the odds.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Charles S. Dutton
Production: HBO Video
  2 nominations.
110 min

only 20-something of us.

They beat that man up

and stabbed that man over an orange.

Over a goddamn orange.

We gonna kill them motherfuckers.

Y'all hear me?


We gonna move on in Disciples' ass today.


This shit ain't happening.

Mama,, it wasn't nothing.

Shit, l didn't do nothing.

Mama, it was a police sweep.

Picked up everybody on the block.

lt didn't matter what you were doing

or not doing. l'm telling you.




That there's some bullshit.

l won't go back to that damn place.

You got to plea-bargain for me.

l can't. You had over 5 grams on you.

That's trafficking.

-You don't understand.

-No, you don't understand.

They got motherfuckers in there

for chopping up their mama.

They gonna put me in there

with murderers and rapists?

Not one word out of you in court.


No, l don't understand. Look at me.

You the public defender, you do your job

or l talk to the judge myself.

No, you will not.

You will keep quiet and let me do my job.

Just let me do the talking.

Now, come on. Go.

Stand up.

l have no choice but to assign you

the minimum mandatory sentence...

...of five years without parole,

to an lllinois correctional facility...

...according to Section 97,

Paragraph 3 of federal guidelines.

Because this is your first offense,

pending qualification... will be given a choice

to serve an alternative sentence...

...under the jurisdiction

of the prison boot camp program.

This shit's a fucking joke.

You did what you did

and now you got to pay.

You think you can do whatever you want

and get away with it?

Five years for my first offense?

That's bullshit there, Mama.

What about this boot camp?

l don't know.

l heard it's out in the middle of nowhere.

Guards yelling at you,

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Daniel Therriault

Daniel Therriault (born 1953) is an American playwright, screenwriter and actor. He wrote the stage play Battery and the HBO films First Time Felon and Witness Protection. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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