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When Shanna Rainey was a mother to two young children, she began using methamphetamine.
Ashley Buford could not hold back the tears when she saw her brother behind a chain-link fence with barbed wire on top.
It was pouring rain the day Willie Parker left William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility after 36 years in prison.
For years, Alabama’s prison system has been under a microscope. Harsh sentencing laws coupled with chronic underfunding have led to horrific conditions for people behind bars.
Chris “Champ” Napier started speaking to students and at-risk youth about his experience in prison before he knew he would ever regain his freedom.
Fresh out of prison after nearly 23 years, Archie “Jody” Hamlett appeared at his mother’s door in Huntsville, Ala., one fall day in 2017.