ABC’s ‘For Life’ has such an inviting and topical premise that one would not believe that it was based on a true story. The legal drama brings the true story of Isaac Wright Jr.’s life to the television screen.. Isaac Wright Jr. is a lawyer from Newark and what he loves the most about his profession is getting to slay Goliaths. But the reason behind that passion is even more interesting. Wright Jr. was sentenced to life imprisonment due to the illegal handling of a case by a New Jersey prosecutor using means like bribery and false testimonies.
However, instead of accepting defeat, Wright Jr. decided to fight back and educated himself in law for seven years in a maximum-security prison. However, he still faced several years in prison and set out to expose the individuals behind his false conviction. After that, despite getting a degree and clearing the bar exam, he had to wait for almost a decade to be deemed fit by the bar’s Committee on Character.
‘For Life’ is a loose adaptation of Wright Jr.’s story but the protagonist’s name has been changed to Aaron Wallace. The show begins with Wallace having spent nine years in prison, skipping his struggles to educate himself in prison. However, the series shies away from excessive political correctness by depicting Wallace’s motif of being freed from prison causing him to make sketchy choices in his practice.
Moreover, Indira Varma plays a progressive warden on the show who Wallace shares a complicated relationship with. Such morally conflicting scenarios help make the series equally entertaining and politically relevant. 50 Cent serves an executive producer, adding to the drama’s appeal.
For Life Filming Locations
Many of you might be wondering where was ‘For Life’ filmed. A large part of the show is set inside a prison. Hence, one would expect the series to be filmed inside production facilities and the probable usage of footage from an actual prison for establishing shots. However, the actual answer might come off as a slight surprise to you…
To begin with, information regarding the filming locations of ‘For Life’ has been scarce. Hence, we cannot currently provide a complete guide to most of the locations that were used while filming the show. However, we do know of a couple of correctional facilities where ‘For Life’ had been filmed.
Have a look at the following tweet. It reveals how ‘For Life’ had been filmed in Queens, New York.
Can you dig it… SUCKAAAA!!!
You know we had to have some fun on set!
•@BookerT5x @ForLife_ABC @50cent #ForLife #CanYouDigItSucka? #BookerT #NY #Queens #TVShow #MMA #UFC #ESPN #FunkGotNext! pic.twitter.com/0vaq5vchr8
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) November 27, 2019
Moreover, another tweet revealed how the series had been filmed at Queens Detention Facility on 18222 150th Avenue in Jamaica, New York. The correctional facility is used for holding inmates in a very limited manner due to its sub-par conditions. The prison is where the series, ‘Orange is the New Black’ is filmed. You can check out the tweet which confirms the facility’s usage in ‘For Life’ below.
— Marc Klein (@EzzyNYC) October 24, 2019
Furthermore, another tweet also reveals how ‘For Life’ had been filmed at Sing Sing Correctional Facility on 354 Hunter Street, Ossining, New York. Opened in 1826, the prison is a maximum-security correctional facility which houses nearly 1700 prisoners. Due to the amount of time that it has served as a prison, Sing Sing Correctional Facility’s 1825 cell block is planned to be converted to a period museum. Have a look at the tweet that confirms ‘For Life’ having been shot at Sing Sing Correctional Facility below.
— Marc Klein (@EzzyNYC) October 14, 2019