Erroll Brantley has been in and out of prison on a range of charges since 1999. But for the first time, he’s being released on parole — and he’s forbidden from contacting his girlfriend, who is considered a “prior victim” by officials despite her protests.
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“I understand that the parole officers, they have to do what they have to do,” Brantley, who struggles with heroin addiction, says in this excerpt from “Life on Parole,” a collaborative documentary from FRONTLINE and The New York Times. “But I was happy. I was home … I just wanted to stay close to the people that I love and feel protected.”
Stream “Life on Parole” and watch Brantley’s story unfold in full at pbs.org/frontline/life-on-parole. The documentary follows Brantley and three other former prisoners in Connecticut as they navigate the challenges of more than a year on parole — from finding work, to staying sober, to parenting — while under intense supervision from the state.
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Additional funding for “Life on Parole” is provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.