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“Life on the Outside” is a monthly podcast about returning to society after decades of incarceration. Season II is called "Solitary."
110 backers pledged $7,666 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello! My name is Lucy and I created a podcast called "Life on the Outside" - a monthly show about what it's like to return to society after decades of incarceration. In Season I, we hear from former lifers who must navigate a society that is in many ways, far more complex than the one they left decades earlier. When the stakes are this high, it takes one day at a time to find their footing again. 

This podcast is very relevant to today's landscape in California. Recent changes in the state have made it possible for an increasing number of 'lifers' (people serving life-sentences) to return home. More and more people are paroling to the greater Los Angeles area to begin a transition back to society known as 'reentry'. 

My goal is to raise $6,000 for Season II so we can dive deeper into this unique transition from prison to society. Stylistically, Season II will be different, following one man, Jack, who continues to build his life on the outside after 35 years in solitary confinement. To most, his life would appear normal, maybe even mundane, but there is still a darkness that is revealed in the passages and poems he reads from his time in solitary. In Season II we ask: How does one find inner peace after confinement? 

I, Lucy, the host of this show, care a lot about the ways in which we heal ourselves and find inner peace. For the past five years I’ve traveled up and down the state of California co-facilitating a parole preparation workshop called ‘Insight.’ This work and the people on the inside have begun to feel like home to me and I am certain that I have found pockets of my own inner peace inside of prison, strange as that may seem. But peace itself can be fleeting; one day we may have it and the next day it's gone. In Season II, I'm curious to find out not only how we find inner peace, but how we hold on to it. 

My experience in making this podcast is that many former lifers share their story with a humility and self-knowing that moves and inspires me more than anything I’ve personally encountered. What I hear and feel with people I interview is a peace within themselves that I too, seek. This is not to look over the struggle and deep pain that may still exist, but to dig underneath it and find the even deeper joy and light that exists within us all. This is why I make this podcast.

Interviewing Je'Anna for Episode 6 "Dressed in Freedom"
Interviewing Je'Anna for Episode 6 "Dressed in Freedom"

The budget below is for a year of podcast production. This Kickstarter is aimed to help partially cover the next 6 months of production.

Production ($4,260/year)

  1.  2 Shure SM7B Mic Equipment upgrade - ($1200)
  2. Transcription Fee - ($30/episode)
  3. Logistics - meals and gas ($50/episode)
  4. Studio Rental + Sound Engineer as needed - ($175/episode)

Personnel (10,680/year)

  1. Composer Fee  - ($300/episode)
  2. Participant Fee - ($50/episode)
  3. Photographer  - ($40/episode)
  4. Producer/Host/Editor  - ($500/episode)

Extra ($1,656/year)

  1. Photography Print - ($20/episode)
  2. Extra travel for episode - ($100/month)
  3. Libsyn RSS Feed - ($84/year)
  4. Wix Website ($132/year) 

Risks and challenges

If you are able to give $500, please keep in mind that while the prison visit is completely open to you, we cannot accommodate travel and so hopefully you are near or in California. Also, we cannot guarantee entry if you have a record.

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    On-Air Shoutout

    When you give $10 I (Lucy) will give you a digital embrace by thanking you on our Season II premiere episode.

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    "Life on the Outside" Tote Bag

    When you give $25 you will receive a useful tote bag with the "Life on the Outside" logo splashed across it.

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    "Life on the Outside" Booklet

    Ever wondered what a "Life on the Outside" coffee table book would look like? With a $75 contribution we will send out a booklet of film photographs and quotes from Season I.

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    Artwork from Prison

    I've asked some talented artists at Lancaster State Prison to create original pieces inspired by the title of the podcast. With a $200 contribution you will receive one of these original pieces from inside prison.

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