The Released will air on Frontline/PBS, Tuesday, April 28th at 9pm ET. This documentary promises to be as powerful and disturbing as The New Asylums, also from Mead Street Films, where we saw seriously mentally ill men in cages receiving “therapy” and being shuttled back and forth between a maximum security prison in Ohio and the state’s hospital for the criminally insane. And we came to understand the genuine complexity of their situations and yearned for more equally complex and humane responses. The Released follows some of the same men featured in the first film who were subsequently returned “to the community” — but more often to the street — and in some cases have ended up back in prison.
Frontline: The Released
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 9PM—10PM
www.pbs.org/frontline (type in “The Released”)