Life on Parole

Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP)


On the Outside

In 2014, Purple States and DCTV collaborated to bring the reentry experience to life through the stories of 'ordinary' prisoners on parole. As there is limited public awareness of the realities that impede successful reentry, this project adds accuracy and complexity to the issue. We hope On the Outside (OTO) will inform thought leaders and policymakers, and provoke an honest conversation about the impact of prison on the futures of inmates and their children. Click here to see "Behind Bars" presented by 60 minutes or see the "Life on Parole" documentary below.

In partnership with the documentary's producers, the Institute for Municipal & Regional Policy has screened this documentary locally to build broader public awareness and understanding around issues of prisoner re-entry. Building on this experience, the IMRP produced a case study of how documentary journalism of this kind can inform discussions of policy and practice (view full case study & Executive summary). Although we are no longer actively seeking out screening locations, we have designed a screening toolkit and welcome the opportunity to assist any entities wishing to screen the documentary.

Please explore this page to learn more about On the Outside. Funding for this project is provided by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and the Kellogg Foundation.


Life on Parole | Frontline | PBS

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FRONTLINE and The New York Times go inside an effort to change the way parole works in Connecticut and reduce the number of people returning to prison. The film follows four former inmates as they try to find work, stay sober and keep out of trouble while navigating their first year on parole. View the video transcript. Click on the links below to see more. 


Film Screening Events

Time TableEast Granby

Time TableUCONN AuditoriumRussell MiddletownMilford SchedualeUConn History DeptUCONN Social SchoolTime TableTime TableTime TableTime TableTime TableTime TablepequtTime TableTime Table

Do you want to host your own screening? Please feel free to use our "Life on Parole" screening toolkit

You can also utilize our Deeper Learning guide, which compiles the information on this website – and more – into one, easy to use document.



On the Outside News 

Reimagining Justice

Prison Without Punishment | The Marshall Project

I Did It Norway | The Marshall Project

How Long Can Connecticut's Prison Reform Last? | The Atlantic

Behind Bars | 60 Minutes CBS


Related News | Information

Where are they now? Jessica's interview one year after Life on Parole

Where are they now? Bobby's interview one year after Life on Parole

The 'Insane' Way Our Prison System Handles the Mentally | New York Times

Life On Parole Discussed | Hartford Courant

Parole Holds A Key To Reentry Puzzle | New Haven Independent

"Life On Parole" Sparks Real-Life Ideas | New Haven Independent

Getting out of prison is not the same as being free | New York Times

What Statistics Can't Explain About Life on Parole | PBS | The New York Times

Parole Revocation in Connecticut | Samuel Jacobs Criminal Justice Clinic

Parole Conditions 2008 & 2017 | State of Connecticut

IMRP Life on Parole Case Study | Executive Summary


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