What's Being In Prison Like? 'Coming Home' Series Asks Formerly Incarcerated New Yorkers To Share Their Stories

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Sure, Orange Is The New Black is getting people talking about the prison industrial complex, but what is it really like to be incarcerated? My co-worker Megan Ghiroli and I asked some of our formerly incarcerated patients over at the Mount Sinai Institute for Advanced Medicine if they would share a single experience with us (and pose for a glamour shot). We wanted to give these individuals the chance to tell us, in their own words, what it’s really like behind bars, and what it feels like to come out years — sometimes years and years — later. Because honestly? You don’t really know until you go, and everyone’s experience is shockingly different.

The result is powerful and shows the diversity of the prison experience. We loved giving these individuals the chance to tell their story, which can be immensely empowering on its own, and now we’re just as excited to use these stories to educate the broader public about daily life in a New York jail or prison.

Check out a selection of their portraits and quotes from their three minute audio clips ahead of the opening event on May 14th at The Highline Loft in New York City.

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