John Oliver is no stranger to discussing America’s prison system on Last Week Tonight, but for his latest deep dive on the subject, the late-night host took a look at what happens once prisoners are released from incarceration.
With the news that the Justice Department set 6,000 prisoners free for early release, Oliver examined just what happens to prisoners once they step outside a prison’s gates. And it looks very little like Spongebob Squarepants walking free from Bikini Bottom Jail.
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Among Oliver’s focuses in the episodes is Bilal Chatman, who spent a decade in prison for a non-violent drug offense. Chatman ran into issues with his re-entry when he faced scheduling problems with his parole officer, threatening his attempts to rebuild his life. Oliver brought Chatman on Last Week Tonight to discuss how he has fought to maintain and improve his life after being imprisoned and the difficulties that come along with that process.
Watch the segment above to see Oliver’s interview with Chatman, as well as his dissection of the prisoner re-entry and parole systems.