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Compass Weekly, The; 48 Hour Of Furlough John Stokes, The


Produced and directed by Charles Stuart.

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Compass Weekly, The
48 Hour Of Furlough John Stokes, The
Series Description

Part of new plan of news programs and specials that premiered January 1974.

“The Compass Weekly” aired each Tuesday for a minimum of one hour. It was devoted to a single news topic covered in depth, with commentary and review of coverage elsewhere.

See Prime Time January 1974 for story in “Letter From The President.” Series release date: 1/22/1974

Program Description

Program explores the issue of prison furloughs for convicted felons. Program opens with a twenty minute film about the furlough of 22 year old John Stokes. Stokes "... was convicted of first degree murder on 3/12/1970. His sentence was commuted to second degree life, making him eligible for parole in fifteen years. This is his third furlough in four and half years". Following the film, in-studio panel discussion with Gus Gauthier, Furlough Officer, MCI Walpole; Morris Newman, Director, Community Services, MCI Concord; and reporters Ed Baumeister and Judy Stoia. Later, Judy Stoia interviews John Boone, Former Commissioner of Corrections. Program concludes with Baumeister and Stoia in-studio discussion with Frank Hall, Commissioner of Corrections. 1974.



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