CDCR http://kalw.org en Will prison arts programs make a comeback in California? http://kalw.org/post/will-prison-arts-programs-make-comeback-california <p></p><p>On a breezy summer day at San Quentin State Prison, inmate Paul Stauffer reads his writing to a live audience.</p><p>“My shoulders brush the sides of the wall and bunk as I pace the nine feet of my cell, between the sink and door. A scream echoed silently from my tortured soul, as hopeless dreams of a once meaningful life, floated endlessly across my mind…” he reads.</p><p>Creative self expression is a <a href="http://williamjamesassociation.org/?wpdmact=process&amp;did=NS5ob3RsaW5r">proven force for change</a> in prisons. Inmates in this creative writing class, and classes like it, are less likely to commit crimes when they’re released.</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:10:39 +0000 Kyung Jin Lee 40716 at http://kalw.org Will prison arts programs make a comeback in California? East Bay Express: State to send more inmates to fungal-infected prisons http://kalw.org/post/east-bay-express-state-send-more-inmates-fungal-infected-prisons <p style="margin-top: 1.12em; margin-bottom: 1.12em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(35, 35, 35); line-height: 1.6em; font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 1.1em;">The deadly disease lies dormant during dry summers in Central California, but it comes alive when the rains arrive in fall. Causing flu-like symptoms, it goes airborne, with spores that root in the soft tissue of your lungs. Californians have a higher chance of contracting the disease than chickenpox, hepatitis, or West Nile virus, according to the health care news organization Reporting on Health. The fungal infection known as valley fever also has a preference for people of certain ethnic backgrounds. In the prisons of California's Central Valley, about 70 percent of the victims have been African-American.</p><p style="margin-top: 1.12em; margin-bottom: 1.12em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(35, 35, 35); line-height: 1.6em; font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 1.1em;"> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:55:20 +0000 Toshio Meronek 31672 at http://kalw.org California prison hunger strike continues http://kalw.org/post/california-prison-hunger-strike-continues <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tensions remain high in the California prison system. A hunger strike that started two and a half weeks ago is ongoing, with more than 700 inmates in ten state prisons still refusing to eat. The strikers are demanding reforms to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s policy of keeping inmates housed in security housing units indeterminately. Supporters say more than 3,000 inmates are currently stuck in there indefinitely – many have been in the SHU for decades – because there is no clear policy on how to get out.</span></p><p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 00:35:38 +0000 Kyung Jin Lee 30642 at http://kalw.org California prison hunger strike continues Dispatches from the Inside: An interview with inmate Richard Gilliam http://kalw.org/post/dispatches-inside-interview-inmate-richard-gilliam <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">For over a year, inmate Richard Gilliam has regularly sent us dispatches from prison as part of our Dispatches from the Inside series, to give us a lens into the prison infrastructure housing about 120,000 people in California. During this time, Gilliam has told us about the arbitrary nature of enforcement of the rules, race relations, and watching a cell mate wait too long for critical health care.</span></p><p> Wed, 01 May 2013 17:46:46 +0000 Richard Gilliam 26450 at http://kalw.org Dispatches from the Inside: An interview with inmate Richard Gilliam 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