"Recidivism is the likelihood that a violent criminal offender will commit another violent crime when set free. That is what I'm trying to prevent, but I believe everyone here has a chance at redemption. Even people like you."
—Jarrett Parker to Oliver Queen[src]

Jarrett Parker was the corrupt chief psychiatrist of Slabside Maximum Security Prison. He was eventually killed by Talia al Ghul.



In 2015, one of his patients was Robert Goodman after he was referred to Parker after experiencing several violent outbursts. Parker promised his parents that he could make Robert docile. Robert than started to suffer from spontaneous bouts of amnesia, and as the amnesia became more frequent, he eventually lost all sense of identity and was essentially erased. According to Laurel, there are about eight more cases with patients exactly like, Robert Goodman.


Parker first appeared, when he came to Oliver's cell after he was sent to Level 2 for his therapy. But, because Oliver was unwilling to answer his questions, He commanded the guards to inject him with truth serum to make him answers his questions without resisting. After several session, he tried to ask him his reason to become Green Arrow. Oliver told him that he and his father along with a man named Hackett were deserted at the ocean in a life raft. And, his father killed Hackett and himself to ensure his survival and made a promise with his father to stay alive and right his wrongs.

Then Jarret tried convincing Oliver that his father was a murderer like any other murderer and his promise to his father, burdening him with his father's sins that he doesn't have to carry, and his vigilantism would become a bad influence for his son, William.  After he refused to let go of his past, Jarret puts him in a machine that directly interacts with parts of his brain containing memories and then manipulates and stimulates them as a mental simulation. When Oliver is put on the same  situation as he was in the past with him being his father and William being his younger self in a simulation, he did exactly the same thing as his father did and by showing this, he told him to end the cycle his father started for his own son.

When Oliver and Talia fought each other they were brought to him and he tried to use a new method on Oliver, only for him to break free and start a break out with Talia in order for her to escape to give Felicity valuable intel in order to get Oliver released.

After his crime was exposed to the public, he was fired from Slabside but after he left he was attacked by Talia who proceeded to take her revenge and killed him.


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As a psychiatrist, Parker is a calm man who would never let his emotion get the best of him. He would always try to use a peaceful approach when handling a patient. But, he would resort to forceful and violent approach if the patient is not willing to cooperate. When handling Oliver, he was seems to be very cunning and manipulative, always striking people's vulnerable sides. He is heavily against vigilantism, as he was really desperate and determined to make Oliver give up his Green Arrow identity through many (so of which unethical) methods.

He also seems to dehumanize the inmates by calling them by their inmate numbers as opposed to their real names and wouldn't let Oliver out of his deeper confinement until he admitted that "Inmate 4587" was his "real" name.



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  • In the DC comics, Jarrett Paker is a therapist who crossed paths with the Flash when they were stuck in another dimension. Compared to the shared multiverse's version of the character, he is not a truly villainous character.
    • Also, in the shared multiverse, he is portrayed by an African-American actor as opposed to the DC comics, where he is Caucasian.
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