EXT. PRISON YARD - TITLES OVER - DAY
DOC McCOY IS BEING WALKED ACROSS THE COMPOUND BY A UNIFORMED
GUARD, carrying a riot gun. Other Prisoners around the yard
turn and stare as the two men head for the main building.
INT. PRISON CORRIDOR
DOC WALKS DOWN THE BLEAK HALLWAY: A BLACK PRISONER PASSES Doc
in the corridor, they slap hands... the Guard remains at his
shoulder. Near the end of the passage another Guard clangs
open a barred door and allows Doc and the First Guard to
enter the room where he stands sentry.
INT. HEARING ROOM - DAY
A LONG TABLE HAS BEEN SET UP AT THE HEAD OF THE ROOM, several
Prison Officials and Parol Board Members are seated facing
the length of the room.
Seated at one end of the table is an Irish looking Man;
floridly handsome and a bit overweight, his red hair is
beginning to grey. The Nameplate in front of him reads J.
Doc enters the room and seats himself near two other
PRISONERS, the GUARD stands back against the wall.
Another table has been set up; this one near the seated
Prisoners, for their LEGAL COUNSELS -- SEVERAL LAWYERS
examine papers before them, waiting for the hearing to begin.
A MAN at the center of the large table clears his throat,
then begins to speak.
I think we can begin... First parole
request Carter "Doc" McCoy... is legal
A MAN rises from behind the lawyers' table.
Yes. Eugene Stewart representing Mr.
watching... taking it all in.
AT THE TABLE:
The Man checks the papers before him.
(his voice a bored drone)
Carter McCoy, one to five years sentence
for armed robbery, first offense in the
State of Texas, wanted by the State of
Ohio for assault with a deadly weapon and
The State of Ohio has waved jurisdiction,
Mr. Chairman. They no longer seek Mr.
McCoy in connection with that case.
(adjusting his papers)
That is correct. Very well. Mr. McCoy has
served four years of his sentence. Prison
record satisfactory. Applied for parole
on September 5th of this year...
The Chairman lowers the paper, looks across to the lawyer.
We would only again like to call the
committee's attention to Mr. McCoy's
satisfactory behavior as a prisoner.
Notice is taken.
He looks down the table at the dark-suited men.
The Board met in closed chambers last
week... have you reached a decision
regarding Mr. McCoy's request for parole?
His face is taut.
AT THE TABLE:
A Second MAN looks across to the Chairman.
(seated near Beynon)
Request for parole is denied. The
prisoner may re-apply in one calendar
lowers his eyes, then looks up at his
lawyer. The lawyer avoids Doc's glance.,
he shuffles the papers in front of him,
begins stuffing them into his briefcase.
AT THE TABLE THE CHAIRMAN FLIPS HIS PAPERS TO A NEW PAGE