Judge Greg Mathis recently launched the 24th season of its reality court show Judge Mattis.
Inspired by his gang-to-gavel tale, the nationally syndicated series is presided over by former Detroit District District Court Judge Mattis.Each one of the Daytime Emmy and NAACP Image Award winning shows In episodes of Time, Judge Matis makes laws and presides over real poignant cases. His decisions are legal and binding.
Features of Judge Mattis He’s the judge himself, as he refreshingly combines social commentary, humor, and humanity. His use of the bench to offer solutions and counseling to litigants in his presence during each episode Judge Mattis To the forefront of national dialogue on the real issues facing modern society.
In May 2022, Judge Matis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This is an honor given to prominent figures in the entertainment industry. He also appeared on the hit E!reality show Matisse family matterExecutive Producer of the BET+ Show American Gangster: Trap Queensand A&E hosts court night live.
Judge Mattis, the proud father of four children and grandfather of two granddaughters, has been a staple of his quirky journey from gang member to judge and reality TV staple. enthusiastically talk about
“My success is clearly not my own,” Judge Mattis told Parade.com EXCLUSIVELY.
“I am a man of faith and there are many people who uplift me in addition to God’s mission and preparation for my life and responsibilities,” he said. , after witnessing the social stumbling blocks brought about by poverty, crime and a failed education system.”
Read more about Judge Mattis here. Inspirational life story.
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What do you think are the factors behind the longevity of your TV shows? Judge Mattis20+ years of broadcasting is a huge achievement.?
Judge Mattis: The main reason we can point out is my ability to relate to all the viewers and their realities, and in many cases, as a result of living their reality, I have the same sensibilities as they do. I think that’s the uniqueness I bring to the courtroom genre. I mean, even if there was a street kid in front of me, I could speak his language because I was a street kid. If you’re an expert, I’m part of the expert class for lack of a better word, well, that’s what I am. Bring on the family man, I’m that. Bring on the students, I’ve been doing it. I’ve been in some of the most destructive environments in society, so I know what it’s like. I grew up in it. I think the audience is interested in everything that is in front of them, with the ability to analyze it with the audience.
What do you think of our criminal justice system?
My view is that not only is education and rehabilitation more cost effective than incarceration, but it is also safer for us and society. , is more expensive than a university education. I point to my journey and say that during his nine months in jail in Wayne County Detroit, the state and taxpayers paid his $25,000.
By God’s grace and determination, I entered college a year later. I had to raise funds. It cost me only $6,000 a year to attend an undergraduate degree at Eastern Michigan University, a major regional university. This resulted in $6,000 a year in college and $25,000 a year in prison. Of course, people are safer now that I’m no longer a street kid. Multiply that by a million and you have a safer community and country.
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Briefly talk about your awards, such as the Daytime Emmy Awards and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. what does that feel like?
Career wise it definitely feels like the pinnacle of my career and I am at the highest level of success in my profession as a daytime TV personality. . It means a lot because it also proves the work I wanted to do, which is to make a difference in other people’s lives. My commitment is how many lives I have changed, and that is the measure of my success.
Do you have the most heartwarming story of the last few years?
Yes, it’s the most striking, and it’s been over a decade, but it still sounds true. I moved. Both are due to intravenous drug use. he tried to change his life. He got there and in my court, his aunt’s husband, his uncle, had thrown things out of her house when he lived there.
I’m asking my uncle why it’s so hard when he’s trying to change his life. Uncle continued. I am not responsible for him. he needs to be in jail. ”
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Wow, that’s quite the case.
yes. I saw myself in this young man because he wanted to run off the street and do the right thing. In fact, he intended to go to community college. What we did was send the young man out of the studio to a community college after accusing his uncle of being more compassionate, and we kept in touch with him as well. He returned two years later. He earned an associate’s degree and became a youth minister in his church.
Let’s talk about the lasting effects of bullying. Are there any examples or cases that have instilled new values in you, such as open-mindedness and acceptance?
Throw away the word “accept”. It doesn’t have to be accepted. Must be accepted and loved. I’m with you. My son he is a member of the LGBTQ community and is gay. We’ve had challenges over the years because the word is used so often, but we’ve accepted and loved him since day one.
I threw it out and it doesn’t sound right.I can remember the days of Bill Clinton When he says you need to tolerate others. No, you don’t have to tolerate me. You don’t have to accept me You should respect me. You can love me if you love me
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How do you feel about the gun violence going on in this country?
First, we need to find out the root cause. It’s easy to see that we want relief. In my opinion, that immediate relief should be focused on focusing on criminals with guns and those who own guns and are mentally ill. It is a law that needs to be reviewed or strengthened without being violated. I think we’re taking guns out of the hands of criminals. In the last two years, he has seen a 20% increase in gun ownership, while at the same time he has 20% or slightly more homicides.
Together they go, more guns on the streets, more murders. What we hear and see is that young people between the ages of 15 and 25 are most involved in the deadliest criminal activities.
That child wasn’t raised by himself, that child was raised by someone else. If her parents fall through the cracks as a result of opioid or crack addiction or other life dysfunctions, they point to the child and say, “Johnny’s a bad kid because he didn’t raise himself right.” It is the root cause of violence and criminal activity in our community. But the immediate solution is to keep guns out of criminal hands.
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Talk briefly about your other shows. Mattis family matter.
Matisse family matter is a family documentary that can provide examples of families who lead with love. Each of our families has life challenges that we continue to strive to overcome.
We are a successful family, but my children are all professionals: two are lawyers, one is a longtime producer, and one is a senior adviser to US Senator Mark Warner. They all have their own challenges. My son, who works in the US Senate, is a member of his LGBTQ and challenges discrimination in that field.
My daughter has struggled with depression for many years and even after law school she continued to take the bar exam cautiously, failing it five times but not giving up. are mental health advocates nationally. We wanted to show that family problems. That’s why we decided to do this show.
This is the same reason I decided to go to television as a sitting judge from Detroit. It’s about taking what you think makes a difference and bringing it to a platform where you can share examples and knowledge from the show with everyone who might be able to use it.
How do you see the long-running future of the show? Judge Mattis?
Well, we’re trying to strengthen social justice, but what about that? I say social justice in my own court, in court. I am a binding arbitrator in the sense that I try to use my courts, the judicial system, and these are binding arbitration cases and I work as a law enforcement agency.
The future I see is to continue to help send people to rehab and to require that some of the young people who come before me must enter community college as a condition of their judgment. , as you can see, in many cases we help people go to family counseling, pay for it, pay for drug and alcohol rehab. I want to
season 24 Judge Mattis is on air. Check your local listings.
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