26 episodes

Life on the Outside is a podcast that shares stories about returning to society after decades of incarceration. For many, the process of reentry is complex and they navigate society that is in many ways very different from the one they left decades earlier.

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    • Documentary
    • 5.0, 78 Ratings

Life on the Outside is a podcast that shares stories about returning to society after decades of incarceration. For many, the process of reentry is complex and they navigate society that is in many ways very different from the one they left decades earlier.

    Beloved

    Beloved

    Patrick went to prison with an 8-year sentence, but while he was in he found himself in a situation with another prisoner that would result in a life crime. Over 30 years later, Patrick got out and his beloved wife, Donna Lee, was at the gates to meet him. This is his story. 

    • 22 min
    Ray and Abel

    Ray and Abel

    This episode was recorded at Calipatria State Prison. It is the first episode of Life on the Outside recorded on the inside. 

    • 15 min
    I Want to See the World

    I Want to See the World

    Richard Cruz was sentenced at 16 years old to life in prison. After 30 plus years, he's finally home. The best things about freedom include his dog Coco, traveling, and getting to know his family. His journey to arrive at this place is long and arduous, requiring both resilience and surrender to make it through a system stacked against him.  

    • 22 min
    The Hardest Presence

    The Hardest Presence

    In this episode, hosts Kenneth Hartman and Lucy Copp share the space and pass the mic to Alia Hartman, Ken's daughter. Her perspective of LWOP is that of a daughter who grew up visiting her father in prison visiting rooms across the state of California. Now that her father is home, Alia is navigating new territory and learning that embracing the physical presence of her father is both joyful and challenging. 

    • 32 min
    The Gardener

    The Gardener

    Upon Daniel's release from prison he felt numb. What was he supposed to feel? Joy? Overwhelming gratitude that so many others feel? Or perhaps he'd have the sensory experience of a child setting foot in Disney World for the first time? But it was all absent for Daniel. As his reentry unfolded, Daniel struggled to find his footing, falling into similar patterns that led to his arrest in the first place. Could he make it out here? Time would tell, and soon, he'd thrive.  

    • 18 min
    Waters Gone By

    Waters Gone By

    Joey Davidson went to prison at 14 years old with a life sentence. At age 17, he stepped onto one of the worst, most dangerous prison yards in the state of California. The prison was Calipatria State Prison. It took years for Joey to find is way. But through faith and divine intervention Joey was able to sidestep many instances of violence and in some cases, death. He's out today, attending Divinity school and living in North Caroline with his wife and new baby. Do the horrors of his past still haunt him? 

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

Viola Mataka ,

Mother California

An eye opening and moving conversation! Brings me to my knees!

xxjstbsiaujj ,

Great show!

Powerful stories, well told. Fabulous.

Rayyyyyyyytree ,

Moving!!!

This Podcast is emotional, real and truly moving. These people's stories need to be heard, and what better way than through Lucy's caring voice, passionate presence and expert production. I can't wait to hear more from Life on the Outside!

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