06/16/2015 09:25 am ET Updated Jun 15, 2016

Tavis Smiley: Tim Robbins on How His 'Prison Project' Gives Inmates Essential Tools for Post-Prison Life

Tonight, I'm joined by Academy Award-winner Tim Robbins. The prolific actor has starred in such classic American films as The Shawshank Redemption, Bull Durham and Mystic River. His latest project is the HBO comedy series, The Brink, a political satire in which he plays a womanizing and often drunk Secretary of State.

Widely respected for his advocacy work, Robbins is the Founding Artistic Director of The Actors' Gang, a theater group which has spearheaded a project that provides rehabilitative acting workshops for incarcerated men and women in California. In the clip below, he shares how the Prison Project prepares inmates with better emotional tools for building meaningful bonds with one another, and for post-prison life.

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