Incarcerated People With Life Sentences Get a Chance to Tell Their Stories : Consider This from NPR More than 55,000 people in the U.S. are serving life sentences without the possibility of parole, according to research from The Sentencing Project.

Behind bars, they are largely unseen and unheard.

The Visiting Room Project is an effort to change that. It's a collection of first-person testimonials of people who are serving life sentences.

We hear inmates tell their stories and talk with Calvin Duncan, co-creator the project, which invites the public to sit face-to-face with people who have no chance of parole.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

The Stories Of People Serving Life Sentences, In Their Own Words

The Stories Of People Serving Life Sentences, In Their Own Words

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More than 55,000 people in the U.S. are serving life sentences without the possibility of parole, according to research from The Sentencing Project.

Behind bars, they are largely unseen and unheard.

The Visiting Room Project is an effort to change that. It's a collection of first-person testimonials of people who are serving life sentences.

We hear inmates tell their stories and talk with Calvin Duncan, co-creator the project, which invites the public to sit face-to-face with people who have no chance of parole.

According to The Sentencing Project, more than 55,000 Americans are incarcerated in state and federal prisons with no chance of parole. Mohamad Syam/Getty Images hide caption

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According to The Sentencing Project, more than 55,000 Americans are incarcerated in state and federal prisons with no chance of parole.

Mohamad Syam/Getty Images

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brianna Scott and Lauren Hodges. It was edited by Bridget Kelley and Sarah Handel. Our executive producer is Sami Yenigun.