The room used as the 'Parole Board' hearing room during the filming of "Shawshank Redemption" at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio.

The room used as the 'Parole Board' hearing room during the filming of "Shawshank Redemption" at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio.

The U.S. incarceration rate is the highest in the world, and many of the 1.5 million inmates currently behind bars are serving sentences longer than what was intended. Some of them are finding it harder than ever to qualify for parole, which many courts consider an “act of grace” rather than a right. And even for those who do make parole, staying out can be a challenge. We consider the role of release in our criminal justice system.

Guests

  • Beth Schwartzapfel Staff writer, The Marshall Project
  • Amanda Petteruti Senior Research Associate, Justice Policy Institute
  • Nicole Porter Director of Advocacy, The Sentencing Project

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