A Look Inside the Journey from Inmate to Parolee

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An armed California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officer stands guard at San Quentin State Prison on August 15, 2016. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

When Troy Williams was 27, he took part in a robbery that involved a kidnapping and was sentenced to life in prison at San Quentin. Over the next 18 years, he went  before the parole board five times, and was denied release each time. After his sixth hearing, Williams was released on parole with help from lawyer Keith Wattley, whose group UnCommon Law helps inmates navigate a parole system he sees as arbitrary and needlessly punitive. Forum talks with Wattley, Williams, another parolee and a former parole agent about their experiences. And a week after California voters approved reform to the state's parole system, we'll discuss what the coming changes mean to inmates, their families and victims.

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Michael Tyler, released from prison on parole with help from UnCommon Law

Keith Wattley, founder & executive director, UnCommon Law

Troy Williams, former inmate, youth development specialist

Brian Parry, former deputy director, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation