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Investigation Discovery Sets World Premiere Date for "Judgment Day: Prison or Parole?", An All-New Series from Academy Award-Nominated Filmmaker Joe Berlinger
Premiering Sunday, May 22, this three-part series brings viewers inside the emotional and high-stakes process of parole hearings through exclusive and unprecedented access to the state parole boards in Colorado and Wyoming.

[via press release from Investigation Discovery]


- Premiering Sunday, May 22 at 8/7c, JUDGMENT DAY Offers Exclusive Access Inside Parole Boards in Colorado and Wyoming -

- Co-Produced by Academy Award and Emmy-Winning Radical Media (Paradise Lost Trilogy) and Jason Blum's Academy Award-Nominated and Emmy Award-Winning Blumhouse Productions (The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst) -

(Silver Spring, Md.) - Investigation Discovery today announced a premiere date for JUDGMENT DAY: PRISON OR PAROLE?, an original miniseries directed and executive-produced by Peabody and Emmy Award-winning documentarian, Joe Berlinger. Premiering Sunday, May 22 at 8/7c, this three-part series brings viewers inside the emotional and high-stakes process of parole hearings through exclusive and unprecedented access to the state parole boards in Colorado and Wyoming. With the weight of these enormous decisions shouldered by the parole board members, audiences will gain unique insight into each step of the process to determine if inmates are fit to be released back into society - or if they should remain incarcerated.

Berlinger is renowned for his work in shining a light on critical aspects of the justice system - from Brother's Keeper, to the Oscar-nominated and Emmy and Peabody Award-winning "Paradise Lost Trilogy". Through first-hand accounts, JUDGMENT DAY: PRISON OR PAROLE? pulls back the curtain to see if the extreme remorse expressed by convicted inmates seeking parole is real as the parole boards revisit the crimes, while also hearing the often opposing view expressed by victims and victims' families, to ultimately decide if the incarcerated is safe for release. Shining a light into the lesser-known side of justice, this series showcases the delicate balance that parole board members must weigh between forgiveness and freedom - and risk and responsibility.

Episode descriptions are as follows:

A Second Chance - Premieres Sunday, May 22 at 8/7c

Benny Sandoval has served 17 years of his 25-year sentence for first degree attempted murder, a crime he committed at the age of 16. With his fate in the hands of the Colorado Board of Parole, a revealing interview with law enforcement sheds new light on the incident and the effect it had on his victim. North in Wyoming, Steve Barela has served 21 years for the second degree murder of his wife. Hoping the Board will give him a second chance, the case's lead investigator exposes another side of this brutal crime, while Barela's mother pleads for her son to get a second chance.

Damage Done - Premieres Sunday, May 29 at 8/7c

James Sturman, convicted in the horrific 1983 murder of his girlfriend, hopes the parole board will agree to release him to a halfway house in Casper, Wyoming. His victim's family, however, tells the story of a man that they believe should stay locked up forever. Across the state in Newcastle, inmate Joshua Buckles hopes to put his violent crime in the past and become a better father to his children. In Colorado, Jordan Epperson hopes to impress board member John O'Dell and earn parole to his hometown in Arizona. The board members in each state must decide if these inmates are safe for release.

Unforgiven - Premieres Sunday, June 5 at 8/7c

In Colorado, Eric Felix has served five years of his six-year sentence for criminal negligent homicide, which resulted in the death of his wife. He tries to convince the board he is safe for release while his victim's family and law enforcement paint a very different portrait of the inmate. Travis McLennan, serving a sentence for sexual abuse of a minor, hopes the Wyoming Board of Parole can look beyond his past poor decisions - but his victim's father opens up about the pain his family suffered because of Travis' actions. The parole boards must decide - have they served enough time for their crimes?

ID's Facebook account will host original video content, and fans will be able to follow the conversation on Twitter using #JudgmentDay. Behind-the-scenes footage offers an intimate one-on-one interview with an inmate up for parole, in addition to an exclusive look inside the Colorado Board of Parole. CrimeFeed will also feature an original piece on Berlinger's many contributions to raising awareness for criminal justice issues through his work.

JUDGMENT DAY: PRISON OR PAROLE? is produced for Investigation Discovery by Blumhouse Productions and Radical Media. For Blumhouse Productions, Jason Blum and Jessica Rhoades are executive producers. For RadicalMedia, Joe Berlinger, Dave O'Connor and Justin Wilkes are executive producers. For ID, Lorna Thomas is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.

About Joe Berlinger

Academy Award-nominated and Emmy and Peabody-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger has been a leading voice in nonfiction film and television for two decades, with a particular emphasis on the criminal justice system. Berlinger's films include the landmark documentaries BROTHER'S KEEPER (PBS), a Sundance audience award winner; the PARADISE LOST TRILOGY (HBO), which recently led to the release of the wrongfully-convicted West Memphis Three after 18 years of wrongful conviction; and most recently, WHITEY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA vs. JAMES J. BULGER, a searing investigation into law enforcement corruption at the highest levels (CNN). Six of Berlinger's documentary features have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, earning three Grand Jury Prize nominations. Berlinger has been a creator on numerous nonfiction television series, including six seasons of the critically-acclaimed Sundance Channel series ICONOCLASTS; the Emmy-winning TEN DAYS THAT CHANGED AMERICA for The History Channel; the Emmy(R)-nominated series Oprah's Master Class and, most recently, THE SYSTEM WITH JOE BERLINGER for Al Jazeera America. His most recent film, TONY ROBBINS: I AM NOT YOUR GURU, will premiere exclusively on Netflix on July 15.

About Blumhouse Productions

Blumhouse Productions, founded by Academy Award nominated and two-time Emmy Award winning producer Jason Blum, is a multi-media production company that has pioneered a new model of studio filmmaking: producing high-quality micro-budget films. Blumhouse produced the highly profitable Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Insidious and Ouija franchises which have grossed more than $1.4 billion worldwide and HBO's award winning The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst and The Normal Heart. Recently, Blumhouse produced the two highest grossing horror films of the year- M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit and Insidious: Chapter 3.

About RadicalMedia

RadicalMedia develops, produces, and distributes feature films (Netflix's What Happened Miss Simone?, Academy Award(R) winner The Fog of War, Academy Award(R) nominated Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, Academy Award(R) nominated Blue Valentine), television series (Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R) award-winning pilot Mad Men, Emmy(R) winning series 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America, Emmy(R)-nominated series Oprah's Master Class), music and branded entertainment programming (Neighborhood Sessions with Jennifer Lopez premiering 2/14 on TNT, Amex Unstaged with Pharrell Williams, Sprint Sound Session with Pharrell Williams, Jay Z Made In America, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Concert For George), mobile applications (Amex Unstaged: Taylor Swift Experience, Sting 25 App & Gagosian App), and digital content (Emmy(R)-winning series Park Bench with Steve Buscemi for AOL).

About Investigation Discovery

Investigation Discovery (ID) is the leading mystery-and-suspense network on television. From harrowing crimes and salacious scandals to the in-depth investigations and heart-breaking mysteries that result, the "always revealing" network challenges our everyday understanding of culture, society and the human condition. One of our nation's fastest growing cable networks, ID delivers the highest-quality programming to more than 85 million U.S. households and is available in both high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD). For more information, please visit InvestigationDiscovery.com, facebook.com/InvestigationDiscovery, or twitter.com/DiscoveryID. Investigation Discovery is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world's #1 pay-TV programmer reaching nearly 3 billion cumulative subscribers in 220 countries and territories.

  [may 2016]  


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