San Quentin State Prison

5:20pm

Wed January 28, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

Brother's Keepers: a suicide support group for inmates

San Quentin State Prison
Under CC license from Flickr user Jitze Couperus.

Recently, a 65-year-old man fell to his death from the fifth tier in West Block at San Quentin State Prison. Although the coroner hasn’t officially ruled it a suicide, some inmates believe he jumped to his death. Such deaths are rare, but when they happen they create shockwaves.

Inmates need support with handling trauma, and in 2005, Dennis Pratt co-founded Brother’s Keepers, a support group that works with inmates to prevent suicide and help each other through crises.

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3:43pm

Mon January 6, 2014
Cops & Courts

A runner's high in prison

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.

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4:08pm

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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7:20pm

Mon September 30, 2013
Cops & Courts

How the prodigal son became a preacher

Derrick Holloway serves as an inmate preacher in San Quentin State Prison.
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.

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3:50pm

Mon September 16, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Psychiatrist Recalls the Chaos of CA Prison Facilities

Michael Coghlan Flickr

Dr. O’Neil Dillon served as the lead psychiatrist at Solano and San Quentin state prisons from 1994 to 2000. Before working in the California state prison system, Dr. Dillon practiced general psychiatry in Berkeley at Herrick Memorial Hospital and Alta Bates Hospital. He also serves as President of the Northern California Psychiatric Society.

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