@EdRick - I love that movie, too. I wonder if that's an accurate depiction of what a parole hearing is like. I think sometimes there are other witness at a hearing, but the character at that point is so elderly, there may not be anyone left "on the outside" who remembers him!
Now, in the movie, they set the prisoners up after parole with a job and a room. Often, now, I think that's not the case. It can be really hard for people on parole to find a decent job, or any job. How can they make their way back into society without a job?
It seems like in some ways, we haven't come that far from "Les Miserables" and Jean Valjean, the convict who was scorned everywhere he went. I even read about a female ex-con who get a job at a major hair chain. She was the subject of a newspaper article, and the paper contacted their corporate office to get permission to photograph her at work.
The offender was immediately fired, even though her work had been entirely satisfactory. Apparently, the chain had a policy against hiring people with her sort of criminal background. Now what's she supposed to do?