- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-Captioned, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: A&E Home Video
- DVD Release Date: August 16, 2000
Few aspects of the American justice system come under attack with the regularity and intensity of the parole system. Faced with fatal mistakes and confronted by undeniable instances of gross negligence, many states have abolished parole altogether. But is this drastic solution fair, or even warranted?
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTS™ goes beyond the hype and emotion for a reasoned, probing examination of the state of the parole system.
We'll examine famous cases that set the stage for the current crisis, like that of Arthur Bomar, who went on a murderous spree after being paroled, despite a history of violence behind bars and serving just 11 years of a life sentence! But another side of the story--one that politicians endeavor to hide--is that declaring an end to parole does not prevent the release of prisoners back into society before they've served out their sentences. And many of the most egregious failings of the justice system come from political attempts to "reform" parole that look good to voters but fall flat in practice.
THE DARK SIDE OF PAROLE underlines the difficulty of managing what one expert calls "one of the most complex issues humanity has ever had to face."