gospel

What didn’t make it into the prison story


I got a glimpse of the punitive atmosphere in U.S. prisons when I took my tape machine and camera to record sound and images for the radio feature about the Albion Spiritual Choir. The inmates in the group sing during weekly services at the Albion Correctional Facility, New York State’s largest holding center for female prisoners and home to 40 percent of the state’s incarcerated women.

I arrived on a Sunday afternoon. It was raining.