StoryCorps Justice Project

StoryCorps Justice Project

StoryCorps launched the Justice Project as an initiative to collect, preserve, and amplify the stories of people whose lives have been impacted by mass incarceration and the justice system nationwide. These personal conversations reveal the complexities of how the justice system plays out in people’s lives. Jail can have irrevocable effects on formerly incarcerated in ways others may not see. Through first-person narratives, the stories collected by StoryCorps illuminate the structural forces that shape who is disproportionately exposed to mass incarceration and what that can mean.

StoryCorps is an independently funded nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Listen to hundreds of stories at storycorps.org.

Stories

Born Blackwell and Jamal Faison

Jamal Faison, in conversation with his uncle Born Blackwell, remembers the night he was released from Rikers, and discusses how their relationship supported Jamal through the conditions of his incarceration.

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Jayne and Luis Fuentes

Jayne Fuentes talks with her son, Luis, about how personal debt and addiction contributed to her incarceration, and the ways in which his financial and emotional support made her release possible.

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Savannah and Kellie Phelan

Savannah Phelan, 8, and her mom Kellie Phelan sat down for one of the first times to talk about Savannah’s birth, and how she feels after learning that her mother had been in jail at the time.

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