OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and Discovery + have given a direct order to the series for Justice, United States, a documentary series that has a comprehensive 360-degree view of the criminal justice system. The project comes from Oscar, Grammy and Emmy winner Common, Humanitas Marshall Goldberg Award finalist (Life goes on), Emmy Award-winning executive producer Mike Tollin (The last Dance) and MSM, with Think Common Entertainment’s Tamara Brown also serving as executive producer. Justice, United States is scheduled to premiere in 2022 on discovery +.
“We knew from the beginning that Justice, United States it’s a show that needs to be made and brought to viewers, ”said OWN President Tina Perry. “What Mike, Common, Tamara and Marshall are creating is a compelling and surprisingly honest documentary that uncovers the often ugly and unfortunate truth about the treatment of the most vulnerable by a complex and overloaded system that fails more than it has to. success”.
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OWN wants to oversee production for Discovery +. Justice, United States It is produced by MSM. Executive Producers of Common, Brown, Goldberg and Tollin. Randy Ferrell is the showrunner of the series.
“To do this series well, we needed unprecedented access to public defenders, district attorneys, jails and courts,” Goldberg said. “We found that in Nashville. Without restrictions, the first season of Justice, United States will look at a system that has historically brutalized defendants, especially indigent defendants. “
“Everybody talks about criminal justice reform, but very few of us really know what is going on in the judicial system,” Tollin said. “We never see the behind-the-scenes realities of a system where the average public defender handles 500 serious crimes a year, where district attorneys determine the fate of the defendants far more than judges or juries, and where excessive bail is often destroys lives and families. “
“I am proud of this series because it takes an honest look at the criminal justice system and highlights its need for reform. One of the biggest problems in the justice system is the dehumanization of people.” But we have the ability to change that. My hope is that this documentary brings visibility and change to the criminal justice system in the most humane way, ”Common said.