A panoramic view of the Cristel's cell at the Rhode Island Training School.
(See the Quick Time panoramic movie at www.360degrees.com).
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Life in Jail
For six months during the past year, five inmates, four correctional officers
and a judge used tape recorders to keep
audio journals. The diarists recorded the sounds and scenes of everyday life behind
bars: shakedowns, new inmate arrivals, roll call, monthly family visits,
meals at the chow hall, and quiet moments late at night inside a cell.
Prison Diaries takes place inside two correctional
facilities: Polk Youth Institution in Butner, NC and the Rhode Island
Training School (for juveniles) in Cranston, RI. More than 245 hours of raw tape have been edited into five half-hour documentaries, produced by Joe Richman and Wendy Dorr of Radio Diaries.