Performances by Illinois prisoners explore domestic violence – and the public gets a rare chance to see behind prison walls

Jeanine Elam, 41, at the Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln, Illinois, on October 26, 2021. “We have never been allowed to let the world see us speak,” said Elam, the show’s director. “Just the point of being able to show that we are women. No monsters, no convicts. That we are human. ” (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

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