What is it like to live life behind bars? Latino USA hears from prisoners trying to manage their health, stay in touch with family and care for those who are dying. We also explore a controversial new use for ankle monitors.
Our show begins with Luis “Suave” Gonzalez, an inmate at a maximum security prison in Pennsylvania who was recently featured on Latino USA. Suave was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison in the 80’s when he was just a teenager. Since his incarceration nearly 30 years ago, he has turned his life around and started a number of progressive organizations within prison—even funding a college scholarship for kids on the outside. But in contrast to his now extraordinary life, Suave describes a typical mundane Sunday morning in his cell block, when hundreds of men are watching shows like Meet the Press and Face the Nation to discuss the week’s political issues.
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