San Quentin


Tue August 14, 2012
Cops & Courts

Dispatches from the Inside: Searching for redemption without resources for self-improvement

California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation

Richard Gilliam is incarcerated at the California Men's Colony (CMC).

August 8, 2012

Read more


Wed July 25, 2012
Life After Murder

Today on Your Call: How can someone who murders re-enter society?

On the next Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Nancy Mullane, author of Life After Murder: Five Men in Search of Redemption.  We’ll also speak with Jesse Reed, one of the men she profiles in her book.  The California state parole board only approved parole for 10 percent of murder cases last year.  Governor Jerry Brown then approved 80% of those.  So what does it take to be released?  And how should those who have killed re-integrate in society? Join us at 10 or email  It’s Your Call with Holly Kern

Read more


Fri June 29, 2012
Cops & Courts

Dispatches from the Inside: A prisoner's take on inmate safety

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Richard Gilliam is incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison.

June 15, 2012

California corrections Officials Place Policy Decisions Over Inmate Safety

Read more


Wed February 22, 2012
Out in the Bay - Feb. 23, 2012

Marginalized faith communities featured in Santa Clara University museum photo exhibit

Vanessa, a transgender sex worker with her altar to Santa Muerte, in her SRO in San Francisco's Tenderloin. It's among many photos in Rick Nahmias' Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited, now in Santa Clara University's deSaisset Museum.
Rick Nahmias

Golden States of Grace: Documentary photographer Rick Nahmias spent more than three years researching, photographing, and taking oral histories of 11 California faith communities outside the religious mainstream - including transgender sex workers in San Francisco's Tenderloin who worship Santa Muerte, Zen Buddhist San Quentin inmates, and an AIDS ashram in West Hollywood.

Read more


Wed February 22, 2012
Prison reform

Today on Your Call: What's next for prison reform?

On today's Your Call we’ll talk about what’s changing in California’s prison system.  The Occupy Movement drew attention to the prison industrial complex this week with a day of action called “Occupy the Prisons.”  They are calling for an end to inhumane conditions for people behind bars.  Meanwhile, the realignment process is underway in California-- where low-level offenders are being moved from prisons to county jails.  Is this the best way to solve prison over-crowding?

Read more