Nancy Mullane http://kalw.org en A look inside the Security Housing Units in California state prisons http://kalw.org/post/look-inside-security-housing-units-california-state-prisons <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today is day 24 of the prison hunger strike in California. It started off with thousands of prisoners refusing meals, protesting the conditions in the Security Housing Unit, or what’s also been called solitary confinement. The number of strikers has now come down to several hundred, and last week one of them, inmate Billy Sell, died in the SHU at Corcoran State Prison. He had been there for 24 years. The CDCR has issued a statement that his death a suicide, but mediators are calling for an independent investigation to see if he had received proper care during his hunger strike.</span></p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 00:41:23 +0000 Holly Kernan, Martina Castro & Nancy Mullane 30934 at http://kalw.org A look inside the Security Housing Units in California state prisons When the third strike is no longer a strike http://kalw.org/post/when-third-strike-no-longer-strike <p></p><p></p><p>Nearly 500 inmates serving life sentences have been freed from California prisons since voters passed Proposition 36 last November. The law authorized Superior Court judges throughout the state to free prisoners who had been sentenced to 25 years to life under the state’s original three-strikes law if their third crime, or “strike,” wasn’t serious or violent, and thus, not a third strike.</p><p> Tue, 14 May 2013 23:56:16 +0000 Nancy Mullane 27204 at http://kalw.org When the third strike is no longer a strike Walking death row at San Quentin State Prison http://kalw.org/post/walking-death-row-san-quentin-state-prison <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">San Quentin State Prison has four massive cell blocks, each identified by their cardinal direction: north, south, east, and west. Of the four, only one houses inmates sentenced to death. None of the cell blocks have been visited by a reporter since 2007.</span></p><p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 23:44:32 +0000 Nancy Mullane 18645 at http://kalw.org Walking death row at San Quentin State Prison Telling the stories of California’s prisons http://kalw.org/post/telling-stories-california-s-prisons <p></p><p>KALW's<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Nancy </span>Mullane<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> spent the last year touring the most secure prisons in California, including death row at San Quentin, the Protective Housing Unit at Corcoran, and Pelican Bay State Prison.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1">She sat down with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) deputy secretary Terry Thornton to discuss why these stories aren’t told more often.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 22:44:10 +0000 Nancy Mullane 26124 at http://kalw.org Telling the stories of California’s prisons Behind the walls of California's most restricted cells http://kalw.org/post/behind-walls-californias-most-restricted-cells <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This story was the first of a six-part series following Nancy&nbsp;</span>Mullane<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;in her efforts to increase media access to prisons. It first aired in October 2012. It begins seven hours north of San Francisco in Crescent City and Pelican Bay State Prison. That’s where more than 1,100 of the inmates considered the most dangerous and influential in the state are locked up in the state’s Security Housing Unit also known as the&nbsp;</span>SHU<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></em></p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Nancy Mullane 17553 at http://kalw.org Behind the walls of California's most restricted cells