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September 27, 2013

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Photo: Willie asked for a photograph of a vigil at Bald Knob Cross, which stands on a mountain in southern Illinois, to pray for his deliverance from the Tamms prison and for parole.
Willie asked for a photograph of a vigil at Bald Knob Cross, which stands on a mountain in southern Illinois, to pray for his deliverance from the Tamms prison and for parole. Willie was transferred from Tamms, and on July 27, 2012, he was paroled after 36 years.
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Rachel Herman, May 6, 2011

In Solitary Confinement, Requesting The Outside World

Produced by
Eric Mennel

When it opened in 1998, the Tamms Correctional Center was a super-maximum security prison in Illinois designed to isolate its prisoners. They were kept alone in cells with little: walls painted with beige paint, no communal space and no pictures on the walls. And so when the advocacy group Tamms Year Ten, which was campaigning to close the prison, offered to take photos and send them to the men in solitary confinement, the requests they got were remarkable. Organizer Laurie Jo Reynolds, who was part of the project, tells guest host Phoebe Judge about the pictures and the men who requested them. [See more photos]

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