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Life on the Inside: What are prisons for?

chain link fence outside of a lakeland correctional center
John McGuire for Michigan Radio
Lakeland Correctional Center in Coldwater, Michigan.

What are prisons for? The delicate balance between punishing those who commit horrible crimes in order to protect public safety and considering a human being’s capacity for change makes the answer to that question not easily identifiable.

All this week, Stateside will take you inside Coldwater’s Lakeland Correctional Center to speak with those who live or work there in an attempt to answer that question. But first, we speak with historian Heather Ann Thompson, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her book Blood in the Water, which covers the Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its legacy.

For more, visit Life on the Inside.

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