When an inmate is up for parole, it's a chance to prove that they've been rehabilitated — helped by classes, self help groups and other prison programs. For many, going in front of a parole board is their last chance to appeal for freedom.
The preparation can be all consuming. Some spend an entire year getting ready for the Parole Board — some of them granted, many denied
San Quentin Radio is a project in which KALW editors train inmates to report stories from inside prison, with cooperation from prison officials.