Over the past five years, KALW’s Nancy Mullane has had unprecedented access to California’s prisons and the inmates living inside them. While she was reporting on criminal justice issues, Mullane noticed there were entire cellblocks and areas within the state’s prisons where no press were allowed to go.
Last October, Mullane interviewed Scott Kernan, then Undersecretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (full disclosure: Scott Kernan is Crosscurrents host Holly Kernan’s cousin)
and confronted him about her concern.
Kernan offered to try to arrange for Mullane to have access to some of the most restricted areas in the state prison system. Over the next five months, Mullane followed up on Undersecretary Kernan’s promise and produced these stories in this series, Getting into Prison: Reporting from California's most restricted cellblocks.