Produced by Houston's KPRC-TV, this 1960 television news documentary takes a closer look at the Texas parole system. Written and narrated by KPRC News Director Ray Miller, the program follows the case of one prospective parolee from initial appeal to release. The subject, inmate 111241 at the Texas State Penitentiary, is referred to by the pseudonym Blake Randwick. After the parole board decides to consider Randwick's request for parole, they send for his prison record as well as a report from the prison's institutional parole officer. A second copy of the report is sent to the parole supervision office where Randwick intends to live. Upon deciding in Randwick's favor, the parole board sends their recommendation to Governor Price Daniel for final approval. Randwick leaves prison with a set of clothes, $5, and a bus ticket to Houston. Miller concludes by evaluating Randwick's chances of being among the "other 84 percent," which represents the percentage of parolees who do not reoffend.
Newsman Ray Miller (1919 - 2008) began his broadcasting career in 1938 in his home town of Fort Worth. He relocated to Houston soon thereafter, where he joined KPRC Radio. When KPRC purchased Houston's first television station in 1951, Miller adopted the burgeoning medium, eventually winning a Peabody Award. In 1969, Miller created The Eyes of Texas, a regional television series examining all things Texas. On the air for 30 years, the series became Houston's longest-running local television program. Miller retired in 1979, serving as news director at both KPRC Radio and KPRC-TV for over 40 years. During his decades-long tenure at KPRC, Miller mentored a number of journalists, including Dan Rather and former US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.
After retiring from television production, Miller became a local historian, writing several books and travel guides about historic attractions in Houston and Galveston. He also worked with the Harris County Historical Commission to secure markers for numerous sites.