Life after parole: An interview with a former San Quentin inmate

Oct 14, 2013

Marcus Williams went to prison when he was 17 years old. It was 1984: "Miami Vice" and "The Cosby Show" were the hottest things on TV. Run DMC and Kurtis Blow were the reigning kings of hip hop.

After 29 years, Marcus no longer lives in prison; he was released from San Quentin last spring. He's one of about 24,000 inmates who were released on parole from California prisons in the past year. Marcus spoke with KALW's Holly Kernan about how he's adjusting to life outside prison.

MARCUS WILLIAMS: When you're in prison, you know, prison is not made to motivate you. It's made to discourage you, so therefore they treat you in a certain way. They try to dehumanize you in every shape and form, and they don't treat you like you're human. They treat you like a number. And I think the most important thing to me is that people treat me like a human being. And that is one of the most amazing things that I've experienced since I've been out. 

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