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Wide shot of a young prisoner, Sarah, sitting on a bed in her cell reading a tattered and torn book.

Zoom in to see that the book is a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Fade in a very soft version of just the music from Michael Jackson’s Heal the World.
Quick transition to Sarah reading outside in the courtyard that is enclosed by a high gate. She continues to flip through the pages of the book. Sarah says, “I have made some terrible mistakes in my life that have brought me here to the FDC Alderson in West Virginia. I have ruined relationships with my friends, my family, and my former coworkers. But over the past few months, I have found myself back on the right path, and I owe a lot of that to finding a love in reading.”
Another quick transition to Sarah perusing the prison’s library, walking down the aisles. Sarah: “I’m not sure I would have discovered the light to turn my life around if it wasn’t for the Appalachian Prison Book Project and the donors who graciously fund the initiative and send these books that tell me a new story every day. “
Sarah eventually finds herself at a table reading a new book. Sarah: “The stories I have found in these books have inspired me to rewrite and begin to retell my own story. I don’t want to be labeled as a prisoner or a criminal. I don’t want that to be my story.”
A few more women prisoners sit down as if they are involved in a book club. They begin to talk about the books in their hands, flipping through the pages. Heal the World begins to play lightly again. And there is a light murmur of the ladies’ conversation.
The group disperses, and the viewers find Sarah in the hallway walking to her cell. Sarah: “One day soon, I will find myself not walking down these halls, but walking out the front door of this prison.
Eventually she finds herself again back at the cell, but before she steps into the cell, she holds her stare at the camera for a few seconds. She then walks in, sits down on her bunk, and opens up a book. Sarah: “And I will be ready to get back out their in the world, and this time, I will do right by my friends, family and the rest of the world. This will be in large part due to the generosity of the donors of the Appalachian Prison Book Project and how they believed in me. Thank you for believing in me. ”
The background of Sarah in her cell blurs out, and the Appalachian Prison Book Project logo fades in with contact/donation information, and the phrase: “We can’t thank you enough for helping us be the change in the world.” Heal the World fades out.
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