Nancy Mullane

Reporter

Nancy Mullane develops, reports, and produces feature stories for This American Life, National Public Radio, and KALW. She is the author of the book Life After Murder: Five Men in Search of Redemption.

She is a member of the Society for Professional Journalists, the Association of Independents in Radio, and the International Women’s Media Foundation.

In 2011, Nancy was the recipient of a National Edward R. Murrow Award.

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5:41pm

Wed July 31, 2013
Cops & Courts

A look inside the Security Housing Units in California state prisons

Hallway of SHU cells at Corcoran

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.

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4:56pm

Tue May 14, 2013
Cops & Courts

When the third strike is no longer a strike

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.

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4:44pm

Mon April 29, 2013
Cops & Courts

Walking death row at San Quentin State Prison

East Block of San Quentin State Prison, where death row inmates are housed
Nancy Mullane

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.

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3:44pm

Tue April 23, 2013
Cops & Courts

Telling the stories of California’s prisons

CDCR's Terry Thornton & KALW's Nancy Mullane

KALW's Nancy Mullane 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. 

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.

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5:00pm

Mon April 22, 2013
Cops & Courts

Behind the walls of California's most restricted cells

SHU hallway to cell pod.
Nancy Mullane

This story was the first of a six-part series following Nancy Mullane 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 SHU.

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