Source: BET (Black Entertainment Television)
Press Release: August 19, 2004
BET News Series 'Locked Up, Locked Out' Looks at Parolees and Struggles Around Voting in 2004
Five-Part BET NIGHTLY NEWS Series Starts August 23 at 11 p.m. ET/PT
Beginning Monday, August 23 at 11 p.m. ET/PT, BET NIGHTLY NEWS begins a five-part investigative series entitled "Locked Up, Locked Out," which looks into the lives of five successful African Americans who have struggled as parolees to regain a place among the voting populous in this pivotal political year. Award-winning CBS News journalist Randall Pinkston lends his talents as the narrator voice for the series. Among those subjects who can't escape the shackles of past transgressions is renowned actor, producer and director Charles "Roc" Dutton, who some 30 years following his parole for a manslaughter conviction still is not allowed to vote in his home state of Maryland.
"This series is a sobering and inspirational look at what some African Americans are facing as our nation prepares for the Presidential Elections this fall," said Heather Vincent Holley, Executive Producer for BET NIGHTLY NEWS. "Each featured individual in the series has rebounded from their crime conviction to become success stories as artists, business owners, writers and community activists. Yet the very system to which they pay taxes as citizens has either limited or outright denied a basic right of a democracy -- voting."
The following is a schedule and synopsis of featured subjects for the BET NIGHTLY NEWS investigative series "Locked Up, Locked Out" beginning Monday, August 23 on BET (home towns in parenthesis):
* Monday, August 23: Elaine Bartlett (Harlem, New York) -- Bartlett
* Tuesday, August 24: Jonathon Romain (Chicago, Illinois) -- At age 24
* Wednesday, August 25: Shakoor Watson (Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York)
* Thursday, August 26: Jeff Henderson (Watts, California) -- Drug charges
* Friday, August 27: Charles "Roc" Dutton (Baltimore, Maryland)
-- He is
ABOUT BET NIGHTLY NEWS AND BET
BET NIGHTLY NEWS covers the news of the day -- from the main events to in- depth feature segments -- with a special focus on African-American viewers. This includes many stories not covered with the same insight or depth by mainstream media. From the decisions of policymakers in Washington to the economy, urban affairs, social issues, sports, entertainment and the world at- large, BET delivers what's important five nights a week.
BET, a division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA - News and VIA.B - News), is the nation's leading television network providing quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs programming for the African-American audience. The BET Network reaches more than 78 million households according to Nielsen Media Research, and can be seen in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.