Logo’s “The IF Project” Spotlights Writing—And Redemption—In One American Prison

What if someone said something to change the course of your life?

Prison reform is a critical discussion in this country: A recent study showed that the women are the fasting growing segment of the incarcerated population, with the number of female inmates 14 times what it was in the 1970s.

Not enough is done to address mass incarceration, an issue that has unique challenges for women, people of color and the LGBT community.

The IF Project
The IF Project

On September 14, Logo looks at a campaign to confront the crisis with The IF Project, which asks the question “If there was something someone could have said or done that would have changed the path that led you to prison, what would it have been?”

Directed by Kathlyn Horan (The Indigo Girls: One Lost Day), the film follows out police detective Kim Bogucki as she works with inmates at the Washington Corrections Center for Women on personal essays shedding a light on their past and providing a roadmap for post-prison life.

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“I started reading the answers and I was blown away, because of the amount of insight and knowledge and information that was in those answers from the women that were locked up,” Bogucki told the Marshall Project in June.

“It was a plethora of knowledge that I had never even thought of. Why not use the stories? Not in a “scared straight” way, but to get those stories out to kids and try to prevent them from making bad choices.”

Washington State governor Jay Inslee has praised the project.

“One of the most significant public safety investments we can make is to do more to prepare people leaving our criminal-justice system for a successful re-entry to society.” said Inslee. “Kim is making a real difference in people’s lives and I am pleased to have her input, counsel and guidance through her work on the Statewide Reentry Council and the Advisory Committee for Youth Homelessness.”

Below, watch the trailer for The IF Project.
 

 

The IF Project premieres September 14 at 8/7c on Logo.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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