Inside San Quentin

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ACT (Acting With Compassion And Truth) is a program designed to educate the San Quentin general population about the prison's LGBTQ community.

San Quentin Prison Report: Living with Hepatitis C

Sep 30, 2015
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An estimated 40% of people in jails and prisons are infected with Hepatitis C. Because the virus can remain dormant for decades, it's often called the silent killer. From inside San Quentin Prison, reporter Louis A. Scott spoke to fellow prisoners living with Hepatitis C.

San Quentin Prison Report: HIV behind bars

Sep 22, 2015
Flickr/Thomas Hawk


  Living with HIV is something that's not talked about often, but in prison it's even more difficult for a person to disclose their HIV status. Reporter Louis A Scott brings us this story of a man who is living with HIV while serving 27 years to life in San Quentin State Prison.

San Quentin Prison Report: Lockdown

Jul 14, 2015

A lockdown happens when correctional officers decide there is a threat to the safety and security of a prison. That might be a fight, an assault, or a race riot. 

It is exactly what it sounds like. In a lockdown, inmates have to stay in their cells until the problem is contained. They can't go anywhere unless strip-searched, handcuffed, and escorted by correctional officers.

Expanding minds behind bars

May 4, 2015
Prison University Project Graduates of 2013
Nigel Poor

The Prison University Project is the only on-site degree college program in California's entire prison system. It's housed at San Quentin and the tuition-free program is so popular that prisoners across the state try to transfer to San Quentin to participate. San Quentin Prison Report's Tommy Shakur Ross tells the story of what happens when inmates go back to school.

Handshakes have a lot to say

Feb 3, 2015
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.

The San Quentin All-Stars and their field of dreams

Oct 30, 2014
San Rafael Pacifics Blog: http://sanrafaelpacifics.wordpress.com

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.

A runner's high in prison

Jan 6, 2014
Under CC license from Flickr user marksteelenz

KALW has partnered with radio producers inside California's oldest prison to bring you the San Quentin Prison Report: a series of stories documenting life in the prison, written and produced by the men inside. 

Chris Schumacher may be serving a life sentence, but when he runs, he feels a sense of freedom. Once an addict, he now finds that exercise can curb his destructive urges. He says thousands of laps around the San Quentin Prison track have changed his life.