‘Judgment Day: Prison Or Parole?’: ID’s New TV Doc Premieres This Sunday On Investigation Discovery


Judgment Day: Prison or Parole? is a brand new documentary series that will premiere on Investigation Discovery this Sunday. The crime-related television program, which will air in three one-hour parts, centers around the Wyoming and Colorado parole boards and the incredible task of deciding who will be freed and who will continue serving their sentence in prison. Judgment Day: Prison or Parole? is directed by Joe Berlinger and is produced by Radical Media and Blumhouse Productions, according to Real Screen.

“Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum and Jessica Rhoades serve as executive producers alongside Radical Media’s Joe Berlinger, Dave O’Connor and Justin Wilkes. Investigation Discovery’s Lorna Thomas is also listed as executive producer.”

The Judgment Day: Prison or Parole? documentary will give viewers an inside view of what takes place behind the scenes when the parole board reviews the cases of some of Colorado and Wyoming’s most heinous killers. Members of the parole board will determine the inmate’s eligibility and to see if the prisoner has met the requirements necessary to be released, according to the Department of Justice.

Then, an examination of the inmate’s record will be important in determining if it is satisfactory and if they have adhered to the laws of the correctional institution. It will also be important to look at the severity of the crime, whether the prisoner has striven for positive personal development and rehabilitation, and if they still pose a risk to society. Parole board officials will also listen to the victims’ family members as they fight to keep them behind bars.

Viewers will watch as the most seasoned board members huddle together while examining the prison files of murderers, rapists, and pedophiles, who are seeking their freedom.

On ID’s Judgment Day: Prison or Parole?, conversations will become heated and board members will argue and become frustrated, but ultimately, they will come to a decision. The majority of inmates seeking parole will be denied but a small percentage of prisoners will be allowed to reclaim their lives.

Judgment Day: Prison or Parole?: Upcoming Episodes

Sunday, May 22 at 8/7c

In the episode titled, “A Second Chance,” watch as Steve Barela seeks parole after serving 21 years in prison for the murder of his wife and his mother’s passionate plea to have him released.

Also, look out for the case of Benny Sandoval, also known as Benito Miguel Valdez, a tough 17-year-old kid who shot Lakewood cop, Keith Marks, in 2000. Marks survived the shooting and Sandoval was found guilty of attempted murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Now, almost 17 years into his sentence, he seeks parole.

Sunday, May 29 at 8/7c

In the episode, “Damage Done,” watch as convicted killer James Sturman asks the Wyoming parole board to release him. Sturman was sent to prison for the murder of his girlfriend in 1983.

The case of Eric Felix will also air on an upcoming episode, according to Broadway World.

“Unforgiven – Premieres Sunday, June 5 at 8/7: 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?”

Learn more about how the parole process works by watching Judgment Day: Prison or Parole? this weekend on Investigation Discovery.

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