By the time the sheriff's van lurched into the parking lot, she no longer cared if anyone noticed her wet cheeks and swollen eyes. Tears had been rolling down Elaine Bartlett's face for two hoursthe entire drive from Albany to Westchester Countyand she struggled to wipe them away with handcuffed hands. Locked up for the last four months in an Albany jail, Elaine had heard plenty of horror stories about her new home, ugly rumors that swirled... More >>>
By Photograph by Andrew Lichtenstein
January 26, 2000: Elaine, 42, and her son Apache, 26, savor her first few minutes of freedom. Apache was nine years old when his mother went to prison.