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Gangs vs. God

Glennville, GA, USA: Portrait shot of inmate Eugene Howard outside his cell at Smith State Prison. Eugene was convicted of torturing and blinding the pastor of a radio ministry. Now he will decide if he can cut his connections with the Bloods and join Kareem's Muslim following.

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Drugs, crime and violence are among the daily pressures of doing time at Smith State, one of the toughest prisons in Georgia. For many inmates, joining a gang may seem like the only option to survive, but we'll meet some "lifers" who have turned to Islam for protection. They claim they are seeking redemption, but the guards have their suspicions — could they actually be using faith to shield their criminal activities inside the prison walls?