Hardcastle learns that a man he sent to prison who was up for parole has decided not to take it. Hardcastle goes to see him and he says that he was doing research on other parolees and discovered that some paroled convicts were killed shortly after being released. Hardcastle learns that all the men killed were originally sentenced to death or life imprisonment. Essentially they were never ever to reenter society. McCormick suspects a vigilante. Hardcastle discovers that all of them were sentenced by one of three judges whom Hardcastle knew. Hardcastle decides to set a trap for them using McCormick as the bait.