Cops & Courts


Mon October 14, 2013
Cops & Courts

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

The San Quentin Prison Report team.
Nigel Poor

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.

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Mon October 14, 2013
Cops & Courts

With parole pending, an inmate reflects on lessons learned

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.

Marcus Williams went to prison when he was just 17 years old. It was 1984, and “Miami Vice” and “The Cosby Show” were the hottest things on television. Run DMC, Houdini and Kurtis Blow were the kings of hip hop.

29 years later, Marcus is about to be released on parole. He’s matured and learned a lot since he first entered prison -- but even after all this time he says there are a few things he is still working on.

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Thu October 10, 2013
Cops & Courts

Your Legal Rights 10/9/13

Interview with bankruptcy attorney Leon Bayer.

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Tue October 8, 2013
Cops & Courts

WEB EXTRA: Oakland maps of 9-1-1 response times and call volume

Average Response Times By Zip Code for the City Of Oakland, Non-Penetrating Trauma (9/1/2012 - 8/31/2013)
Joshua English, Coordinator at Alameda County Department of Public Health

These are maps of average response times to 911 calls, broken down by Oakland zip codes. 

Thanks to Joshua English with the Alameda County department of public health for analyzing the raw data and creating these maps.


Mon October 7, 2013
Cops & Courts

Crime victims find healing through restorative justice

Under CC license from Flickr user MaestroBen


Dionne Wilson's husband, a San Leandro police officer, was killed in the line of duty seven years ago, but she says it took her a long time to find a way to really heal.

“For many years, I carried around so much vengeance and hate. I realized at a certain point I had nothing left. I had no more tools. I engaged in a lot of self-destructive behavior. I tried to buy my way out of my grief; I tried to drink my way out for a short period. Thankfully, I didn’t take that too far. And I just didn’t have a way to move past being embroiled in the moment,” says Wilson.

Wilson initially thought the trial and conviction of her husband’s murderer would bring her some sort of comfort or closure.

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