46 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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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 139 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.

    The Journey Part II

    The Journey Part II

    Xanar continues recounting his journey through the California prison system. His commitment to change led to his freedom, but as Xanar explains it, he was free long before he was let out of prison.

    • 23 min
    The Journey

    The Journey

    Xanar was party of a party crew in South Los Angeles in the 1990s. They through underground parties with the hottest DJs and a swag and style that was unmatched. But things took a turn when Xanar found himself guilty of murder and facing the death penalty. Xanar is out of prison today, after entering the system at 19 years old and returning 23 years later. 

    • 23 min
    Girl Next Door

    Girl Next Door

    Lisa James served over 20 years in prison for murder. From the time she went in, to the day she got out, Lisa vowed to do better and be better. But will coming home derail her? Will she be able to navigate complex family relationships and establish herself as the transformed person she became in prison? 

    • 21 min
    Sanctuary Part II

    Sanctuary Part II

    Lewis makes it home from prison after 43 years. But what toll has that amount of time taken on his psyche? Now that he's out, Lewis has a plan that involves real estate, a road trip, and visiting the cemetery where his kids were laid to rest. 

    • 27 min
    Sanctuary

    Sanctuary

    In this episode we hear from Lewis Richard, also known as Lew or Uncle Lew. After 43 years in prison Lew was released on January 12th, 2021. He thought he was ready...but how does one prepare for freedom after more than four decades behind bars? Let's find out.

    • 27 min
    Love Never Dies Part II

    Love Never Dies Part II

    Candace Wilson married Taewon Wilson while he was still incarcerated and serving life without the possibility of parole. Months after he was commuted by Governor Jerry Brown, Taewon walked out of prison a free man. But will their marriage survive reentry? How do they navigate each other's presence in the free world? 

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
139 Ratings

139 Ratings

LewBear987 ,

New Favorite Podcast

Deep and meaningful conversations through intriguing questions with incredible stories told in each episode. Love this

ClareTJCJR ,

This podcast is everything

Crystal’s love story took my breath away. Absolutely beautiful.

Thank you for this podcast. It is authentic and honest and I’m grateful for you sharing these stories.

kristina smgwriter ,

moving, powerful!

thank you, lucy and crystal, for this powerful powerful story and for your depth, heart and honesty. we as women *need* to hear these stories!

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