San Quentin Radio

"San Quentin Prison" by CC Flickr user Robin Capper, resized and recropped

For most people, spending quality time with family in the home is normal. But what happens when the only quality time is spent inside prison? This was how Demond Lewis’ life unfolded.

"Basketball" by CC Flickr user Chilli Head, resized and recropped

The Golden State Warriors preseason starts this coming Saturday. Earlier this month, as something of a warmup, they made one of their regular visits into San Quentin State Prison to visit with inmates and play a game of basketball.

San Quentin Radio: The bird man of San Quentin

Sep 11, 2017
"Pigeon" by CC Flickr user jans canon, resized and recropped

With San Quentin has dozens of self-help programs for inmates. But one man foregoes them all, creating his own form of therapy through feeding birds.

San Quentin Radio: The barbers of San Quentin

Aug 29, 2017

Getting a haircut can make a person feel good. For the men in San Quentin, it's no different. Some of the barbers are paid to cut hair. Others volunteer to do so. It can be a complex process, but it's important in the prison environment.

CC Flickr user Matt Straton, resized and recropped

Cleo Cloman has spent over two decades behind bars for murder. He grew up in a two parent household and had dreams of playing professional baseball.  After a rocky relationship with his father, he lost his passion for the sport and found a new pursuit: the streets. It ultimately cost him his freedom. But throughout the years of his incarceration he was able to reconnect with his father, and regain his love for baseball within the walls of San Quentin.

CC Flickr user George Grinstead, resized and recropped

 

Throughout the prison system men are dying from incurable diseases. Sometimes these inmates are granted freedom through a program called Compassionate Release.

From CC Flickr user Håkan Dahlström, resized and recropped

San Quentin, the historic prison on the edge of San Francisco Bay, confines about 3,800 inmates.