Former offenders face enormous obstacles once they leave prison. John Oliver sits down with Bilal Chatman to discuss the challenges of reentering society.
I love how John thinks he’s a strong voice on morals, yet he celebrates the killing of unborn children…and think sodomy is a good thing,. Of right..it’s about love…keep making those emotional appeals and drop all intellect and reasoning.
I think you might be overstating it a bit don’t you? Who actually celebrates the killing of unborn children? Nobody. And thinking sodomy is a good thing? Well that’s just personal preference isn’t it – it depends on how you like to do it! I’m guessing you’re a 100% committed vaginal sex person. Don’t push your sexual beliefs on me!
Wow, that parole officer is an asshole. Though the dude might have just asked his employer “hey can I leave 30 mins early so I don’t get re-arrested?”
Our criminal justice system has failed.
11:48 … Wut? I love this show. And John is a great host, and his writers are usually solid and funny.
That joke, though, made no sense at all. PA is north of the Mason-Dixon Line…. The whole southern drawl angle was just plain dumb.
Rest of the episode was good, and informative as always, however.
This video will probably be removed from Viacom.
if half of them commit crimes after they are released how can you say that there isn’t a increase in crime?
You can complain about this all you want, but as usual the left has no solutions
Great to see america fighting for freedom abroad while vigorously defending it at home…
Mmm. Water melons.
The US legalized marijuana in 1942 to make equipment for the military during World War II. Please watch the 1942 USDA film, Hemp For Victory. The special tax stamp that is shown in the film reads, “Producer of Marihuana”. Today because of the war on drugs, the US has the world’s largest prison population and police have military-grade equipment. So the solution to this is to legalize Cannabis Sativa again and put ex-cons to work growing “Marihuana” to make military equipment for the police in the war on drugs.
Thank you John Oliver and team.
2:47… The truth has been spoken.
Don’t commit a felony if you don’t want to deal with the consequences and every state allows you to explain why your conviction.
He sounds like a bleeding-heart liberal who wants everyone in prison released.
if your wondering why their is a mass migration from the left to the right in america today in my generation (millennials) becoming neoconservatives this is why. the democrats ruined this country the only bad republicans are the famous ones (chaney, bush, nixon, reagan) I SHOULD MENTION THIS IS IN TERMS OF PRESIDENTS NOT ALL LEFT AND RIGHT POLOTITIONS
Fuck criminals. They get what they fuckin deserve. Stop feeling bad for those fuck ups.
These people act like you cannot earn money in prison. It’s basically required in most states.
Every sinner has a future and every saint has a tomato garden.
Please do a segment on the way companies use contractors and subcontractors to break labor laws. A friend that I work with just got fired earlier this week simply because the boss needed someone to take his anger out on, even when they went over the cameras it was determined that my friend did his job but the boss used the contract as leverage to make them fire my friend anyway.
As a former Florida Federal inmate # 64851-004 I am grateful for this piece by Mr.Oliver & Co and my hopes are that our system will someday evolve to one that actually focuses on rehabilitation instead of arbitrary punishment for non-violent offenders and in some cases even some offenders that were guilty of a ‘ violent charge. because in Some states if you get arrested for possession of a gun or knife that can be charged as a violent offense, even if absolutely no one was threatened or injured. In some states if you get a drug charge that too can be considered a violent crime . THERE ARE OF COURSE EXCEPTIONS. Never ever should child molesters or rapist of any kind even be given any kind of consideration. These are crimes that are more commonly committed by sociopaths that even ex- convicts like me hold extreme prejudice against. They are diseased and they can’t be trusted at all. Even if you castrate them .
The fact that we basically just throw people out into the street and go “Good luck!” and EXPECT them to go back to prison is ridiculous and I’m so disgusted with this country.
Give us a direction to fix the system in anyway and I’m with you John. All this talk about corrupt systems builds up impotent rage, not a healthy thing to grow without some direction to move it.
I run out of words to express to you what a great human being you and your team are… We need more of you in this world…
i cant say im for the legalisation of weed, but the unfairness these young men and women receives sickens me
I love John Oliver and his show way too much… His show is the only 20-30min I get during my week to see that there are still people with an open heart. People that think before they act. People that know that our systems (corporations, monetary, government) are fucking crazy and we the people need to participate to change stuff.
i found it funny that the time stamp at the clip of Bilal Chatman was 2016.
Yes, that is right the guy is a tomato grower. Awesome!
If you take drugs, you will ruin your life forever. So if I catch you with them, I will throw you in prison and then ruin your life forever. Nice logic.
Hell, companies even ask if you’ve been charged with a felony, even if you weren’t found guilty, it’s still nerve wrecking to check that box.
Ok what did he do, to go to prison in the first place
bernie sanders 2016
fuck yeah timecop baby 1994
This show really depresses the fuck out of me. I’m moving to Sweden
Baskin Robbins knows everything!!!
I never understood why Bill Clinton was so popular. NAFTA, DOMA, hard on crime, jesus fucking christ
It’s time to take the criminal-justice system, burn it down, and start over.
Powerful episode guys
Cognitive dissonance for racists and conservatives incoming.
Damn, thats a well tied tie. What kind of knot is that?
I have had so many friends who sell drugs in order to pay court fines and other court related charges/classes. The amount of ignorance of the system exhibited by most people is laughable.
You stopped at tomatoes and didn’t let him get to 2 or 3…
I’m proud to say that University of Washington: Bothell does NOT ask or check if you have been convicted of a felony. Everyone there has, at the very least, the opportunity to get a degree (and be buried in debt) and use the tools within that institution to find work related to what work they want to pursue.
This is a serious problem and there’s no easy answer. Looking at the glass half full, 50% rate of recidivism is pretty good considering the obstacles. Yeah for Bilal !!
Who are the piece of shit scumbags that actually disliked this video? 153 of you disagree with ANYTHING said or portrayed in this video? Scum of the earth and I’d rather have a beer with any one of the 6000 people released than any one of those 153 pieces of shit.
So basically prisoners in the USA get a double punishment. They serve their sentences (and as far as I know American prisons aren’t exactly a vacation) and they also in many cases get denied a job, a roof over their head and much more. That doesn’t seem fair and it’s insinuating that people can’t change anyway. So why bother sending them to prison in the first place?
the world is gonna need john oliver
Man, I love tomatoes.
please take the tpp
Another Last Week Tonight episode? Grab the popcorn! That alien sighting got me bored for a minute.
What a bunch of scum.
I hate tomato growers.
That was a surprisingly interesting interview and kudos to John Oliver for refocusing the conversation on tomatoes. That was brilliant; a skill I hope to learn and practice.
What’s up with bleeping out the word fuck? Fuck is just a word!
If people are given public criminal records for committing crimes, then people should be given public charity records for committing acts of charity.
Mr. Chatman is one of the bravest men I have ever seen.
Bilau is Brazilian Portuguese for ‘Cock’, so you can imagine that as a Brazilian I laughed every time John said his name
that guy’s pig/acorn comparison was no more absurd and incorrect than most comparisons that John Oliver makes 15 times per episode….
It’s important for those who hasn’t been charged and sentenced for a crime to take a step down from their pedestal and see how the other half lives. Thank you Last Week Tonight with John Oliver for showing that a ex-convict shouldn’t be judged by what they’ve done, but who they are trying their hardest to be.
Either people come out of prison with a blank slate or we need to turn the moon and mars into the next Australia/New South Wales/Virginia colonies/insert prison colony here and just transport criminals for life, cause this shit is ridiculous.
please John, some of us cannot keep our hatred of kale in check
FUCK….FUCK…..FUCK…..FUCKING…..FUCK-FUCK! There, that makes up for all the Christian bleeps of the word fuck!
Oliver 2016 > Trump 2016
0:32 Thumbs up for who thought that we actually got a free ice cream cone.
HBO logic, censores fuck but fuckbarrel is perfectly okay
Don’t worry America. You’re doing well. Keep it up, and you might become a first world country with freedom and democracy one day.
I love how consistently good this show is lol
Janice’s at it again…
During the Bilal’s response to the last question I almost applauded at work with my headphones on. I’m glad I caught myself.
interviewing a regular person is more interesting than interviewing a celebrity. in fact, I was tense watching him hoping he wouldn’t mess up because you know he doesn’t speak on television professionally.
Cruel irony indeed. I spent almost 10 years of my life getting over a felony marijuana possession charge in Oregon, only to have it legal about 6 months after I won an expungement.
This was fantastic! Grats to John, guests and the staff!
he may get fired tomorrow….and no one will now.
John Oliver knocked it out of the fucking park with this one
This is sick.
All of this, John. All of this.
Anybody else think that John Oliver sounds a bit west country at 6:41.
can someone explain the image at 9:23 because that graph is above 100%
Wait wait wait…. “Some people believe the prisoner release is a racial deal, that will put Americans in jeopardy.” I’m sorry Bill, I think what you meant to say was “lot’s of black people are getting out and that makes me, as a white man, feel uncomfortable.”
Ok so a good lesson not to be involved in crime. Look at that guy who said he had to deal drugs to pay the state. GTFO he chose to sell drugs. This Bilal fellow should have taken the opportunity to explain what happens to you if you decide to lead a life of crime.
Most employment applications ask if you have been convicted of a felony *in the last 5 years*, not the last 14 years.
A person’s record is a person’s record, but it does indeed defeat the purpose of paying one’s debt to society. So basically, that debt is never truly paid?
163 cold hearted mutherfuckers.
apparently not only is it wrong to judge people for things they have no choice about, like skin color or sex, but its also wrong to judge people for their past choices and actions as well. thanks rampant liberalism!
Please make an episode on the extreme hardship faced by those with prior sex crime, even for minor ones between two teens, or when a girl lied on a dating website. First there is decades of being in the national Sex Offender Registry which doesn’t descriminate if one is a violent reoffender or one time non-violent one, second there are severe limitations with regards to housing, job, or life in general, like not being able to go to a museum, library, etc. Those in the Sex Offender Registry are like open target for some sickos with their information out open in the Internet. There is the uphill battle with regards to being in Post Release Supervision for around five years in some states for those released out of jail/prison even though they have served their sentence and paid their dues. These are beside the hefty costs of the supervision, programs, etc. Now most people feel anger when they hear the term Sex Offender and it is understandable given so much negativity in the media, but the circumstance can be different for each individual and yet people judge wholesomely. This matter needs to be address as a society because the human rights of those in Sex Offender Registry is stepped on left and right creating a concentration camp like scenario. Not much is heard in the media, your show can help by shedding light on this issue.
FUCK U MOTHERFUCKER john oliver. GO suck your penis. I wish you get shot by low-life criminals.
For sure, the justice system shouldn’t turn into a revenge system.
distractingly offended by the jab at Johnny Depp
Somewhere in the US, there’s a woman named Janice who works in Accounting saying “How does he know so much about me?”
Can anyone help remind me what the current year is?
FUCK SHILLARY IN THE ASS
John Oliver, Thank you for this video. It is informative and reaches an audience that might not otherwise know/think about the hardships folks who are re-entering go through.
Wish John Oliver could just drop the jokes and his attempts at humour. He is literally the least funny person on earth. He relies on cliches and when the cliches don’t seem to work, he always shouts out some lame punchline over and over until he forces a laugh from the audience.
Too bad, because he really is intelligent and honest and capable of real journalism. I tend to think of him as a good journalist who also happens to be unfunny.
Grow tomatoes?? That MONSTER!!!
We all know that educating criminals while in prison is good. We know needle exchange programs are good. We know that helping criminals reenter the workforce is good. We have statistics to prove the benefits of all of these programs. Hell, simple critical and logical thinking lets us know these programs are good. The problem is that in the States, political decisions are made based upon how they could potentially sound in the news. Educating prisoners decreases recidivism by A TON, however, in the news the headlines read: “Joe Smith is weak on crime” “Joe Smith wants to help criminals more than you!”.
Bill Clinton > Hillary Clinton
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