Inside the Prison Journal of West Memphis Three’s Damien Echols

From: The Daily Beast
Dec. 31st 2012

In the new documentary ‘West of Memphis,’ Damien Echols tells the story of how he was wrongly convicted of a heinous murder. Here, he shares how 18 years in prison changed his approach to life. 

Speaking about my experience is torturous and psychologically traumatizing. It’s near impossible to heal when you must incessantly relive the worst time in your life and continuously tear open the wounds. However, it’s necessary and critical in our continued fight for justice.

West of Memphis, directed by Amy Berg—the documentary my wife, Lorri Davis, and I coproduced with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh—gave me the opportunity to tell my own story in my own words. As a producer with a hand in the process, for the first time I could participate in my story. For the first time, it was told from the inside instead of the outside looking in.

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Study of Arkansas prisons, costs being conducted

Associated Press – June 4, 2010 8:14 PM ET

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Gov. Mike Beebe says a study of Arkansas’ corrections system is being conducted to find a way to slow the growth in the state’s prison population and corrections costs.

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