San Quentin

5:27pm

Mon October 7, 2013
Cops & Courts

San Quentin Radio Project: When victims and offenders talk

San Quentin State Prison
Flickr user John Weiss

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.

When an offender commits a crime, its repercussions impact not only the victim and the perpetrator, but families, friends, and whole communities.

Restorative justice is an approach that seeks to heal the many dimensions of harm that a crime creates. One way of achieving this is through a practice known as victim-offender dialogue.

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10:53am

Tue September 17, 2013

5:41pm

Wed July 31, 2013
Cops & Courts

A look inside the Security Housing Units in California state prisons

Hallway of SHU cells at Corcoran

Today is day 24 of the prison hunger strike in California. It started off with thousands of prisoners refusing meals, protesting the conditions in the Security Housing Unit, or what’s also been called solitary confinement. The number of strikers has now come down to several hundred, and last week one of them, inmate Billy Sell, died in the SHU at Corcoran State Prison. He had been there for 24 years. The CDCR has issued a statement that his death a suicide, but mediators are calling for an independent investigation to see if he had received proper care during his hunger strike.

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10:50am

Fri July 26, 2013
Arts & Culture

Brothers in Pen: Creative writing from San Quentin

The Brothers in Pen creative writing class at San Quentin. Photo courtesy of Peter Merts

When we think of prison, most of us don’t think of it as a place where people go to get an education or to learn how to express themselves. But the arts have been part of the California prison system since 1977. Even though state funding for these programs was completely cut in 2003, nonprofits have kept some of the programs alive. One of those programs is Brothers in Pen--a creative writing class for San Quentin inmates, taught by Zoe Mullery.

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5:49pm

Thu July 25, 2013
Cops & Courts

Is prison necessary for change?

An inmate reads a story at San Quentin's creative writing class
Peter Merts

Earlier this month, students in Zoe Mullery’s creative writing class for San Quentin inmates held a reading of their work at the prison. The public was invited to the reading, and one of the audience members asked the inmates if they thought going to prison was the only way they could have changed their lives for the better.

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