At a monthly ceremony, people who used to serve life sentences welcome the newly released back into the community. We learn what the ceremony is like, and what freedom means to former lifers.
Ritual ceremonies welcome home newly released inmates
From this Episode:
Ritualizing the return: Former lifers welcome home the newly released
When a lifer steps out of prison after so many years, often decades, they are smacked with an onslaught of smells, sights, and unfamiliar sensations.
The transformation of the California prison system
At its peak, California had 173,000 prisoners in a system built to house half that many people. Prisoners were sleeping on top of each other in hallways and gyms. Riots and...