TV ONE PREMIERES NEW DOCU-DRAMA SERIES: "PAROLE DIARIES" WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 AT 9:00 PM ET
-- New One-Hour Primetime Series Shines Spotlight on Indiana Parole Officers --
SILVER SPRING, MD, AUGUST 22, 2012 - "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.
In the premiere episode of "Parole Diaries," viewers will 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.
With each episode, "Parole Diaries" promises to deliver new insights into this area of the criminal justice system as well as reveal the power in receiving a second a chance.
ABOUT TOWERS PRODUCTIONS:
Since its founding in 1989, Towers Productions has been a pioneer in factual and reality programming, based on unique access to great stories and characters. The production company has created some of the most successful and innovative cable television series and specials ever, including American Justice (A&E), Inside 9/11 (Nat Geo), Gangland (History), Storm Stories (Weather Channel), Mobsters (bio), Find Our Missing (TV One), Behind Bars (Discovery) and Great Lake Warriors (History).
ABOUT TV ONE:
Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvone.tv) serves more than 57.3 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies, and music designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK; www.radio-one.com], the largest radio company that primarily targets Black and urban listeners; and Comcast Corporation [NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK; www.comcast.com], one of the nation's leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services.