THE STORY: Lester Holt spent two nights locked up and embedded inside the largest maximum security prison in America, the notorious Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola. The special hour, which was recently nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy, features reporting from inside prison walls on how incarcerated people live, the various issues of criminal justice reform and why it has landed at the top of the national agenda. Holt talks with many inmates, all with different backgrounds, on their journeys through the justice system and the impact on their families.
is the longest-running series in NBC primetime history and is in its 28th season. is anchored by Lester Holt and features correspondents Andrea Canning, Josh Mankiewicz, Keith Morrison and Dennis Murphy. Airing Fridays at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT, is the #1 Friday newsmagazine and reaches more than 17 million people every week through its broadcast, and millions more through its social media platforms and podcasts. Additionally, closed out 2019 as the #1 Friday newsmagazine across the board. David Corvo is the senior executive producer, and Liz Cole is the executive producer.