Louis Theroux’s latest series exploring aspects of life in Los Angeles comes to a close with a visit to California which has some of the toughest regulations controlling sex offenders anywhere in America.
After leaving prison, sex offenders can spend years on parole being tagged and tracked and a lifetime on an online register.
In his final film, Louis Theroux visits hostels to talk to parolees as well as the people charged with monitoring them, and asks whether the restrictions keep society safer and when, if ever, it is right to give sex offenders a second chance.
Louis is drawn to difficult subjects that offer challenges for a film-maker, but his innocent (or seemingly innocent), polite approach gets people to open up.
Louis Theroux’s LA Stories: Among the Sex Offenders is scheduled for broadcast tomorrow night (20 May) on BBC BRIT (DStv channel 120) at 21.00, with repeat showings on Sunday 22 May at 00.06 and Monday 23 May at 02.50.