Real stories

Read and watch the real stories from incarcerated people.


Conversations for Justice: Women & Survivors Project Launch

Watch the virtual launch of the Women & Survivors Project, featuring a conversation with IPP Ambassadors, Tewkunzi Green and Vickie Quinn, moderated by Deana Lewis and will open with remarks from Mariame Kaba. Also hear from Rachel White-Domain, the director of the Women & Survivors Project, to learn more about how the project will continue to ensure legal representation for incarcerated women and survivors.

Vaccine Town Hall with IDOC Dir. Jeffries

IPP's Director of Education Renaldo Hudson sat down with Illinois' Department of Corrections Director Rob Jeffreys to talk getting vaccinated. Listen to them advocate for getting the shot, and like this video so you can also spread the word, and not the virus!

Conversation for Justice - Life After Natural Life, Defeating Illinois’ Three-Strikes Law

Watch our first Conversation for Justice, hosted by Renaldo Hudson and featuring Illinois Prison Project clients who survived decades of incarceration after being sentenced to die in prison on their "third strike." We talked about the laws that have led to the life sentences for hundreds of mostly Black and Brown men across Illinois, heard about their triumphs and struggles, and shared our campaign to bring home the men sentenced to die in prison under this horrendous law.

Redemption and Hope- A Conversation with Renaldo Hudson and Sister Helen Prejean

After spending 13 years on death row, Renaldo Hudson, former IPP client and now Policy Advocate, sat down with world-renowned author of Dead Man Walking and advocate herself, Sister Helen Prejean. Watch their whole conversation surrounding justice reform, the abolition of the death penalty, redemption, and feelings of hope.