'Life on the Outside': A Woman's Prison Odyssey

Elaine Bartlett was a 26-year-old mother of four when she agreed to carry a package of cocaine to upstate New York. Her decision cost her 16 years in prison and alienation from her family. Reporter Allison Keyes talks with Bartlett and author Jennifer Gonnerman about Bartlett's book, Life on the Outside: The Prison Odyssey of Elaine Bartlett.

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