Season 5: FIRSTHAND: Life After Prison
FIRSTHAND: LIFE AFTER PRISON offers an intimate look at the challenges and opportunities facing people returning to society after spending time in prison, as they seek to restart their lives while carrying the stigma of a criminal record. WTTW explores re-entry in a documentary series, expert talks, text and visual journalism, and community discussions.
After 20 years behind bars, Marcelo is fighting for prison reform.
Marcelo de Jesus Velazquez
Tawana Pope gave up drugs and alcohol, and is giving hope to other Chicago-area residents.
Kyle hit rock bottom more than once. This time, he hopes to put his life back on track.
Nicholas is spending the final days of his sentence at an innovative prison.