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Greenlit: Parole Diaries, TV One

Parole Diaries (13 x 60′) – This docu-reality show follows nine parole officers in Indianapolis, IN as they tackle their most difficult and heart-wrenching cases.

Nationwide, more than two-thirds of inmates will be incarcerated again within three years of their release from prison. This series offers an unwavering look at this uncelebrated and gritty corner of the criminal justice system. Each episode follows three dynamic parole officers on the job with the Indiana Department of Correction and the parolee – or client – they are serving. With cases that include sex offenders, convicted murderers and addicts, the work these officers perform is high on stress, low on glamour, and extremely dangerous. Yet, with each case there is the possibility of positive change and the emotional uplift from delivering a second chance.

From their desks riddled with necessary paperwork, to field work which often requires they be armed and outfitted in a bullet-proof vest – these agents must be prepared for the unexpected at all times. Viewers will also meet the parolees these officers are dedicated to serve – from the moment they first meet their parole officer, through random drug tests, several evaluations, to surprise home visits – we see the struggles these men and women face to earn a second chance. One wrong move and they can be sent back to prison.

In the premiere episode we meet Parole Officers Denise Jackson, Gerald Carter and John Taylor. Jackson, a 12-year veteran parole officer, prides herself on her life-coaching and nurturing abilities and only handles female clients. The heart of this team of parole officers, Jackson leads off the episode working around the clock to stop her client Melissa, a recovering drug-addict and mother of three (with another one the way), from ruining the lives of her children. Officer Carter exclusively handles sex-offender cases. Using his no-nonsense – by any means necessary – approach, he tracks down his client Kenneth, a sex-offender who is illegally living near a high school. Officer John Taylor’s caseload ranges from murder charges to theft. In this episode, Taylor is determined to motivate his client, Brian, to stay on track and put the college degree he earned in prison to good use.

Channel: TV One

Producer: Tower Productions

TX: 12th September 2012

Source: TV One press release (via The Futon Critic)

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