hese missives from inside the Stateville Correctional Centre in Illinois feel like they issue from another world. Each 10-minute episode features a brief audio essay, written by an inmate serving a long sentence for a serious crime, and performed by an actor. Inmates describe the everyday dramas of their lives: the problem of acquiring a true friend in an atmosphere of distrust; living under the shadow of administrative whim; the best way to tackle a cockroach infestation. The brainchild of award-winning journalist Alex Kotlowitz and produced by WBEZ, Written Inside's miniature narratives quickly achieve their apparent aim - to open a door between the closed world of a maximum-security prison and our own unimaginably free one.
Gateway episodes: Ep 3: On The Move ... Again (28 Mar 2017) / Ep 5: A Friend (4 Apr 2017)
Released: Every few days