The Prison in Twelve Landscapes – From Coal to Prison – Clip

  • Clip (0:01:48) | IN Dramatic
    Premiere: 5/7/2017

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, the curator of the Wheelwright Public Library and History Museum in Wheelwright, eastern Kentucky, talks about what it means to have the prison coming back to a place desperate for jobs after the coal company (and later the prison) left town. He first relays an anecdote about the time he played basketball there with a guy who was pretty good, and who turned out, much to his surprise, to have just escaped from prison. Wheelwright was actually founded in 1916 by the Elkhorn Coal Company, and when coal left, no one had a backup plan and it just kind of fell apart from there.

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