An exciting new series highlighting transformative power of forgiveness, grace, and redemption is set to premiere on television later this month.
On Sunday, April 28 at 9p ET/PT, CNN will premiere its Original Series, “The Redemption Project with Van Jones.” The eight-part series follows the victim, or surviving family members, of a life-altering crime as they journey to meet face-to-face with their offender in the hopes of finding answers or some sense of healing.
Van Jones, author of three New York Times best-selling books, will serve as a guide for the viewer throughout this transformational experience. The series, created and executive produced by Jonas Bell Pasht and Jonah Bekhor of Citizen Jones and Academy-Award®-nominated director Jason Cohen, is a powerful testament about our capacity for healing and forgiveness.
“I wanted to do The Redemption Project because I think we have lost our sense of grace and empathy and the capacity to forgive in our culture, at the highest levels,” said Jones. “This series is my attempt to put some medicine into our very sick system and to uplift people who are doing extraordinarily courageous things every day.”
In the series premiere, viewers will get an inside look at the first-ever dialogue between a victim and an offender in the history of the Alaskan prison system. Terria Walters, a mother whose son Christopher was killed in a drug deal gone bad, will meet Joshua Beebe, a former heroin dealer convicted for murder and serving a 60-year sentence at Spring Creek Correctional Center.