Hidden America: Startling New Look at Women in Prison

Women behind bars for nonviolent crimes, or on death row, discuss how they ended up in jail.
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Transcript for Hidden America: Startling New Look at Women in Prison
We turn to a stunning new portrait for life behind bars. Diane sawyer documenting the reality. Daily life in four prisons, eight months in the making. More than 200,000 women behind bars. Diane sawyer is here. Yes, cell by cell, story by story. Including the story of a little league mom that remembers watching "Good morning America." I was thinking about that today. Every morning, you and Charlie. Yeah. That's what I watched, getting ready for work and getting the kids' lunches packed. A loving husband, a good job. She was a little league mom. One day, a painful car accident and a prescription, leading to heroine. Stealing checks, her sentence, 13 1/2 years. And black women are still incarcerated at twice the rate of whites. In another cell, this woman says she was here for 36 years. Her lawyer told her to take a plea. A few years ago, she asked the governor of Maryland of lethal injection. Yes, because of the victim's families and everybody. I wanted them to know I was sorry for the crime I had committed. Prison, a world of complex codes. A combustible duo of secrets and contraband. And we wanted you to know, we did reach out to the victims' families. And you were telling me you spent time with the youngest woman on death row? Yes, we wanted viewers to look at her and decide what they would do about her life. We'll be watching tonight. Hidden America, a Diane sawyer special tonight on "20/20." In the meantime, an

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