PAROLE DIARIES, a compelling new docu-drama that offers an unprecedented look into the lives of parole officers and the parolees they serve, will premiere Wednesday, September 12 (9:00 PM ET) on TV One. The 13-episode series, produced by Towers Productions ("Find Our Missing," "American Justice"), 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. "Parole Diaries" offers an unwavering look at this uncelebrated and gritty corner of the criminal justice system. Each one-hour episode will follow 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.
"TV One is proud to shine a spotlight on the unsung heroes whose tireless work offers men and women the prospect of a second chance," noted Toni Judkins, TV One Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Production. "In keeping with TV One's docu-programming slate, 'Parole Diaries' offers a message of hope while delivering compelling drama that engages and enlightens."
"Parole Diaries" follows nine dedicated parole officers of the Indiana Department of Correction around the clock in their everyday duties. 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.