Society seeks to punish those who commit crimes by putting them in prison. But what toll does incarceration have on prisoners’ families?
Fred Stillman served 23 years in California prisons for murder. His daughter Jessica began visiting him there when she was only nine years old. Filmmaker John Beck tells their story in his documentary Invisible Bars. He came to our studios with Stillman and his daughter Jessica – who works in Santa Rosa. News director Steve Mencher asked Jessica why she was willing to show intimate family moments with her dad, as he learned why he’d been violent, and how to show love to his family.
Invisible Bars airs Wednesday, Dec. 11 on KPJK TV at 7 p.m. Find out more at norcalpublicmedia.org.