Common Helps Create Music Studio for Inmates at Illinois Correctional Center


Mixing boards, musical instruments, microphones and sound panels.

You wouldn’t expect to see all that equipment in a prison. But it’s part of a new program for inmates at Stateville Correctional Center.

One big entertainment star from Chicago made the state of the art music studio happen, with inspiration from a young attorney.

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports the hope is that inmates will develop new skills in a productive environment.

Attorney Ari Williams had a dream for the inmates at the Stateville Correctional Center. A dream of rhymes and beats created and recorded behind bars.

“I know music brings us all together. I want them to be OK. I want them to do something they’ve love to do,” Williams said. “And I know many of them are rappers. They love to rap and they love to sing.”

Through a family connection, she reached out to a fellow Chicagoan who could make it happen.

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SOURCE: CBS Chicago, Jim Williams