California Prisons


Mon May 4, 2015

Reentry: Learning to be a father after spending half a lifetime in prison

William and Brianna Bennett
William Bennett

A note to our readers: this is part 3 of our series on reentry. The names of formerly incarcerated men and their families in this story have been changed to protect their identities.

It’s a long drive from Oakland to the Deuel Vocational Institution, a prison in Tracy, California. For Brianna Bennett, growing up, that meant she rarely saw her father, William. He had never picked her up from school or gone with her to a movie. In fact, they had never stepped outside of the prison gates together.

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Tue February 3, 2015
Cops & Courts

Handshakes have a lot to say

Nigel Poor

When volunteering at a prison there are many rules to follow: there are dress codes, restrictions on what can be brought in and out, and physical contact between volunteers and inmates is strictly forbidden.

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Tue January 13, 2015
Cops & Courts

Turning the page after a life sentence

Greg Eskridge in the media lab at San Quentin Prison
Nigel Poor

KALW has partnered with the award-winning San Quentin Prison Report, bringing you stories told behind prison walls by inmate reporters. 

Today we're going to get to know one of those reporters: Greg Eskridge. 

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Thu October 16, 2014
Cops & Courts

The high cost of phone calls for inmates

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When most of us talk on the phone we don’t think much about the cost—it’s pennies. If we don’t like a phone company or can’t afford a plan, it’s pretty easy to ditch the one we have and get a new one. Talk is cheap, for most of us. But for the 80,000 people in California’s county jails, a phone call can cost more than $1 a minute.

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Mon September 15, 2014
Cops & Courts

Coming to America

Under CC license from Flickr user Ross Pollack

KALW has partnered with radio producers inside California's oldest prison to bring you the San Quentin Prison Report, a series of stories focusing on the experiences of these men, written and produced by those living inside the prison's walls.

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