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Time on the Outside: Hope's Story
Produced by: Shannon Heffernan
About 2.3 million adults are incarcerated in U.S. jails and prisons. That's almost 1% of the adult population, including the parents of over 1.7 million children. William and Candice are two of those children. Their single-parent father is doing time 9 hours away from home, so they've moved in with their grandmother, Hope. Over the course of a year, two long car trips, multiple moves, and new schools, producer Shannon Heffernan finds out how Hope's family lives while serving Time on the Outside.

Program Credits

Time on the Outside:Hope’s Story was produced by Shannon Heffernan. The editor was Katie Davis. The Time on the Outside project is produced with support from the Soros Justice Media Fellowships Program of the Open Society Institute, with additional support from the Fire This Time Fund. [Photo by Shannon Heffernan]


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