13 episodes

With(in) is a podcast that is committed to shifting the conversation on who is in prison, specifically within the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC), through meaningful, complex and enlightening conversations with incarcerated people in Colorado and others in and around the system. With(in) is a collaboration between the DU Prison Arts Initiative (DU PAI) and the Colorado Department of Corrections. With(in) is hosted by Denise Presson (incarcerated in Denver Women's Correctional Facility), Andrew Draper (incarcerated in Sterling Correctional Facility) and Ashley Hamilton (Founder and Director of the DU Prison Arts Initiative). With(in) is recorded in the vault of the Denver Complex Correctional Facility and is supported by a team of incarcerated producers. For more information, including to read With(in)'s newsletter Reverberations from With(in), please visit thisiswithin.com.

With(in) DU Prison Arts Initiative and Colorado Department of Corrections

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9, 76 Ratings

With(in) is a podcast that is committed to shifting the conversation on who is in prison, specifically within the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC), through meaningful, complex and enlightening conversations with incarcerated people in Colorado and others in and around the system. With(in) is a collaboration between the DU Prison Arts Initiative (DU PAI) and the Colorado Department of Corrections. With(in) is hosted by Denise Presson (incarcerated in Denver Women's Correctional Facility), Andrew Draper (incarcerated in Sterling Correctional Facility) and Ashley Hamilton (Founder and Director of the DU Prison Arts Initiative). With(in) is recorded in the vault of the Denver Complex Correctional Facility and is supported by a team of incarcerated producers. For more information, including to read With(in)'s newsletter Reverberations from With(in), please visit thisiswithin.com.

    Episode 12: Time For Compassion

    Episode 12: Time For Compassion

    In our final episode of the season, we complete our story on dying in prison by speaking with Nick Jones, an incarcerated man in his 60s, dying from cancer in the infirmary at DRDC. A woodworker, Mr. Jones shares with us the legacy he’d like to leave behind – a wooden toy chest filled with toys for children in hospitals. Mr. Jones sadly passed away this fall before he was able to make his dream a reality. Draper, Ashley, and other members of our team have come together with Bags of Fun (https://www.bagsoffun.org) to make Mr. Jones’ wish come true for the holidays. To learn how you can donate, stay tuned until the end of the episode.

    For more information on With(in), including team bios and how to subscribe to our newsletter, Reverberations from With(in), please visit our website: https://www.thisiswithin.com.

    • 35 min
    Episode 11: Groundskeeper

    Episode 11: Groundskeeper

    This week, we begin our two-part story on dying in prison. With so many of our team members serving long or life sentences, this subject was a particularly difficult one for us. Today, we sit down with Damon Davis, an offender care aide (OCA) serving a life plus 480-year sentence. He explains the offender care vocational program, why he chose to get involved with it, and how the work affects the way he sees himself and his sentence. Davis speaks honestly about challenging society’s view of him and the importance of being there for other incarcerated men during end-of-life.

    For more information on With(in), including team bios and how to subscribe to our newsletter, Reverberations from With(in), please visit our website: https://www.thisiswithin.com

    • 39 min
    Episode 10: On Both Sides of the Glass

    Episode 10: On Both Sides of the Glass

    In today’s episode, we continue our mission to shift the conversation on who is in prison, by speaking to the Warden of the Denver Complex. Warden Ryan Long has spent a significant amount of his professional career in Colorado’s prisons, working his way from correctional officer, to case manager, to warden. Currently, Warden Long oversees the multiple facilities in the Denver Complex, including DRDC, where we record this podcast. Warden Long discusses the importance of seeing the humanity in the residents of his facilities, and the role that staff and incarcerated folks play in shaping a facility’s environment.

    For more information on With(in), including team bios and how to subscribe to our newsletter, Reverberations from With(in), please visit our website: https://www.thisiswithin.com.

    • 43 min
    Episode 9: Create to Relate

    Episode 9: Create to Relate

    You’ve heard his work all season, and today you finally get to hear from the man himself. This week on With(in), Denise, Draper, and Ashley speak with our resident poet, William S. Graham, about the role art has had in his life. Unlike the story you heard from our Reverberations Newsletter Liaison, Terry Mosley Jr., a couple weeks ago, Graham’s relationship with art started way before he came to prison. Now a published author of five books (and counting), Graham explains how writing has always been a place of refuge for him and has served as a way for him to stay connected to the world outside the prison walls.

    For more information on With(in), including team bios and how to subscribe to our newsletter, Reverberations from With(in), please visit our website: https://www.thisiswithin.com.

    • 53 min
    Episode 8: Surviving Myself

    Episode 8: Surviving Myself

    On this week’s episode, we explore the extremely difficult subject of domestic violence. Denise, Draper, and Ashley first speak with Jamiylah Nelson, a resident of Denver Women’s Correctional facility serving a life without parole sentence. Jamiylah shares her story of being in an abusive relationship and how she’s come to recognize the type of love she deserves. Later, we speak with Robert Hill, who is serving a life plus 48-years sentence at the Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center. Robert reflects on the violence he inflicted on his partner as a young father struggling with identity issues. He explains that by doing the difficult work of exploring and learning to articulate his emotions, he has found healthier ways to communicate how he feels to others. Domestic Violence resources can be found on our website.

    For more information on With(in), including team bios and how to subscribe to our newsletter, Reverberations from With(in), please visit our website: https://www.thisiswithin.com.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 7: Reverberations

    Episode 7: Reverberations

    This week, we hear from our very own Terry Mosley Jr. on his experiences with arts practices in prison and how his work with the DU Prison Arts Initiative has changed his perspective on what it means to be an artist and to live in prison. Terry is our Reverberations from With(in) liaison and a DU PAI group leader at Sterling Correctional Facility. He is an integral part of this podcast and numerous other DU PAI programs, including the recent touring production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, in which he played the character Martini.

    For more information on With(in), including team bios and how to subscribe to our newsletter, Reverberations from With(in), please visit our website: https://www.thisiswithin.com.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

TealMango80 ,

Extraordinarily Ground Breaking

I am in awe of this podcast. I can not put into words how amazing it is to know that the “residents”(yes I’ll use that term), are finally being heard. I am excited to see what change is going on in Colorado, it makes me proud to hail from the state. I hope that this podcast not only is going to be heard in Colorado’s correctional facilities but nationwide. You have started a movement of compassion. I pray that more people will pick up what you have started and create nationwide reform in our judicial system as a whole. Please know I see you and hear you and you have blown my mind and opened it wide open. Thank you

crosrosestone ,

Phenomenal

Thank you for your work and commitment to a culture shift. It is moving and insightful. Congratulations to all involved. And cheers to William Graham who has enlightened me to the power of poetry. Excellent podcast!

lrobb33 ,

With(in)

This is a well done, honest podcast. I love listening to the residents share their stories. This is a wonderful way to shift the conversation and relate human to human. Thank you so much for the work put into this.

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