Oprah Winfrey’s Network OWN orders new docu-series Released.
The series will focus on inmates as they first are released from prison and re-adapt to life on the outside.
Via Shadow and Act:
The United States has approximately 2.5 million people in prisons across the country – more than any other country in the world. The first 90 days of being released are crucial for those who have been incarcerated – as they often face many challenges and few resources – and nearly 40% of released convicted felons re-offend within the first six months (Bureau of Justice Statistics).
Driven by intimate, first-person narratives and through a diary-like lens, “Released” presents autobiographical portraits of formerly incarcerated men and women as they walk out of the prison doors for the first time and attempt to reconnect with their loved ones, establish their independence and begin the long, hard work of resurrecting their abandoned lives.
Lucky 8 TV will produce Released with Oprah Winfrey Greg Henry, Kim Woodard, Jarrett Lambo and Keayr Braxton serving as executive producers. Author and advocate Shaka Shangor is also on board as the consulting producer.
Released will join OWN’s Saturday night lineup along with the Checking Inn. It’s a series that follows Monique Greenwood (former Essence Magazine EIC) as she runs her business: Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns.
“OWN’s Saturday night lineup features entertaining and thought-provoking docu-series focused around conversations our audience is having in their everyday lives,” said Erik Logan, president, OWN. “We think both of these shows will connect with our viewers and we’re pleased to be able to continue to serve up great new content.”