San Quentin Prison Report

The San Quentin Prison Report produces original content from and about the men who live in the San Quentin Prison.

The project is a collaboration that aims to support the stories from within--inspiring dialogue by documenting stories reported through the lens of the men who live there.  

Click "here" to meet the reporters!

Father and son reunited in prison

Dec 2, 2013
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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.

Ron Everett has been incarcerated almost 31 years. Everett was arrested soon after the birth of his son, and their relationship became estranged over time.

A combat veteran and a veteran of the streets deal with PTSD

Nov 11, 2013
Nigel Poor

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.

Many veterans suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder --  a type of anxiety disorder that can occur after you have seen or experienced a traumatic event. About 30% of Iraq and Afghanistan vets treated by the VA are diagnosed with PTSD, but PTSD is not just a veterans’ issue. Today we’ll hear from a former marine who survived the trauma of military warfare and a man who survived the trauma and violence that came with growing up in San Francisco’s inner city. Both men are serving time at San Quentin State Prison. Even though they come from different backgrounds, their experiences with PTSD are similar.

From self-help groups to self-made man

Oct 28, 2013

 

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.

James Houston says that when he was imprisoned in 1996 at age 21, he was an angry, self-centered, rebellious man who felt he had no purpose in life.

“When I committed my crime, all I saw was me and my victim,” he says. “I didn't realize that I had damaged not only his life, but also his family and [that] it had an effect on the community.”

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.

With parole pending, an inmate reflects on lessons learned

Oct 14, 2013

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.

KALW’s Martina Castro asked reporters with the San Quentin Radio Project currently serving time there to imitate the sounds of their daily lives. Take a listen.

How the prodigal son became a preacher

Sep 30, 2013
Nigel Poor

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.

Derrick Holloway grew up in a Christian family, but chose to sell drugs and participate in a lifestyle that resulted in him committing a murder. After being convicted and sentenced to life in prison, Holloway eventually went back to the Christian faith he was raised with. In fact, he became a pastor and began preaching the word of God.

KALW launches the San Quentin Prison Report

Sep 16, 2013
Nigel Poor

Today on Crosscurrents, we launched the San Quentin Prison Report – a new radio series featuring stories produced by men currently serving time in California’s oldest prison.

Inmate invests and teaches finance behind bars

Sep 16, 2013
Nigel Poor

More than two million people are incarcerated in our country – the largest prison population in the world.

In the 80s and 90s, California was at the center of a push to “get tough on crime” – trying juveniles as adults, passing three strikes and tightening sentencing laws – as part of the war on drugs.

Between 1980 and 2011, California’s prison population grew 640 percent. In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the state’s prisons were dangerously overcrowded, and they ordered the Golden State to reduce the population.

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