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HBO looks behind prison walls in “Toe Tag Parole”

The U.S. cable net has set an August air date for Alan and Susan Raymond's (pictured) Toe Tag Parole: To Live and Die on Yard A, which focuses on California inmates serving life sentences without parole.
July 14, 2015

U.S. cable net HBO has set an August air date for Alan and Susan Raymond’s (pictured) Toe Tag Parole: To Live and Die on Yard A, which focuses on California inmates serving life sentences without parole.

The 80-minute documentary from the Oscar-winning directors of I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School features interviews with three of the 600 men serving life without the possibility of parole at the maximum-security California State Prison.

As discussed in the doc, according to a 2013 report from U.S. sentencing advocacy group The Sentencing Project, there are currently more than 50,000 individuals sentenced to life without the possibility of parole throughout the U.S.

Toe Tag Parole focuses on a 2000 decision by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to accommodate inmates seeking self-improvement and spiritual growth – including the doc’s three subjects – by converting ‘Yard A’ into the Progressive Programming Facility: a space for inmates that is free of violence, racial tensions, gang activity and illegal drug and alcohol use. The film centers on the men’s experiences of the program and life within prison walls.

Toe Tag Parole - a Video Vérité production is produced by Alan Raymond and Susan Raymond, with Jacqueline Glover serving as supervising producer and Sheila Nevins exec producing for HBO.

The doc is to premiere on August 3 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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