Stories from a Michigan prison

Behind a prison’s razor wire fence, out of sight – and often out of mind – there’s a community of people living their lives as best they can.

To find out what that looks like, the Stateside team spent a day inside Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater, where more than 40 percent of the inmates will never be released. Through words, sound, and photos, Stateside’s week-long series will capture what life is like for the people who live and work inside one of Michigan’s prisons, as well as explore deeper questions about what prisons are for, and how our society balances the need to punish people who commit horrible crimes and protect public safety with a human being’s capacity for change. There are no easy answers.

Beginning on November 4, Stateside’s exclusive access will be presented in a week-long series of in-depth interviews, revealing photos, and an hour-long special focused on lifers and how they make prison their home.