California Prisons

5:04pm

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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6:23pm

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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6:30pm

Wed August 20, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

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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10:11am

Tue February 4, 2014
City Visions: February 10, 2014

Teaching Peace to San Quentin Prisoners

Host Joseph Pace explores the GRIP program at San Quentin (Guiding Rage into Power), which uses mediation and self awareness training to help prisoners create a new path towards peace and power. Guests are Jacques Verduin, founder of GRIP, along with a former San Quentin prisoner and a victim of violent crime.

Produced by Victoria Thorp

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