At the heart of this powerful documentary are excerpts
of letters to family and friends from inmates - both first offenders and career criminals.
Accompanied by a rock score and illustrated with dramatic scenes of life behind bars, the
prisoners' eloquent and poignant words express loneliness, fear, and fleeting moments of
hope. Two segments focus on youth and adults incarcerated as a result of their involvement
with drugs or violence and gangs; the third examines the painful reality of what prison
life is really like. Readers of excerpts include Peter Coyote, Danny Glover, Louis
Gossett, Jr., and Kirstie Alley