A+E Networks-owned channel LMN is readying the criminal justice pilot Parole Board: Victims Speak from Radical Media and Sundance Productions ahead of its premiere tonight (March 22).
The pilot shadows two families affected by violent crimes as they prepare to face the perpetrators who are scheduled for parole and early release from prison. As the incarcerated plead for their freedom, the victims and their families fight to keep the offender behind bars.
Featured in the episode is Kevin Murtaugh, who is serving out a life sentence for the 1977 strangulation and dismemberment of his wife Diane Camm in Kentucky. He spent 38 years and 10 months behind bars before coming up for parole.
Cameras will also follow a single mother in New Hampshire, who was assaulted by her ex-boyfriend and the father to her youngest child, as she worries about the safety of her family should he be released.
In an exclusive clip shared with realscreen, the Camm family disputes Murtaugh’s potential release with the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Kentucky Parole Board, hoping to ensure he serves out the remaining years on his life sentence.
The project was created by Megan Sanchez-Warner, who is also listed as executive producer. Other executive producers on the project include Academy Award-nominated producer Joe Berlinger, Laura Michalchyshyn, Dave O’Connor, Justin Wilkes and Jon Kamen.
Berlinger also serves as co-director alongside Kevin Huffman.
“I want to shed light on the victim’s perspective during the parole process,” says Sanchez-Warner in a statement. “Parole Board: Victims Speak puts us right in the room with survivors as they make a stand to have their voice heard, facing their offenders and telling the board how they feel about the perpetrator being released.”
“The emotional impact that the early release through parole has on the family of victims in particular is extraordinarily difficult,” added Berlinger. “We are fortunate to have been given access to this complex process shooting with the victims and their families preparing for, and at the parole board hearing.”