At 15, Cristel attacked a classmate with a razor blade. After 3 years of incarceration, she’s being released.
Five inmates, four correctional officers and a judge were given tape recorders. For six months, the diarists kept audio journals and 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.
Diaries from officers who work behind bars at Polk Youth Institution.
As a kid, John dreamed of becoming a police officer, but by the age of 17, John had committed more than 75 armed robberies.