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Exploring the Transition Home From Prison Through Art

Sep 8, 2016

“Brave in a New World” premieres next week, September 15, at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts — weaving spoken word and dance around the experiences of ex-offenders and their families. It’s the latest piece from the Judy Dworin Performance Project.

This hour, we hear about the upcoming artistic performance that digs deep into what it means to live in prison — and what it means to leave.

Artistic Director Judy Dworin joins us as well as two former inmates who perform in the production.

Has prison affected your life or the lives of your friends and family?

Plus, a Danbury woman who was a teenager when she pled guilty to manslaughter in the 2006 drowning of her newborn baby has been granted clemency. She’ll be released September 30 after serving just 10 years of an 18 year prison sentence. We learn more about this young woman's story.

GUESTS:

  • Judy Dworin - Founder and Executive and Artistic Director of the Judy Dworin Performance Project
  • Robin Cullen - Performer in "Brave in a New World", Board member for the Judy Dworin Performance Project, Consultant, Group Facilitator, Artist, Former Inmate at York Correctional Institution
  • Leesa Srams - Performer in "Brave in a New World", Artist, Grandmother, Former Inmate at York Correctional Institution
  • Deborah Rogala - Programs Operations Director at Community Partners in Action
  • Jill Sandora - Clinical Social Worker at York Correctional Institution
  • Dirk Perrefort - Crime Reporter for the Danbury News Times

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Chion Wolf, Lydia Brown and Catie Talarski contributed to this show.