How does San Quentin compare with a Norwegian prison? Ask the residents
This aired in the April 5, 2023 episode of Crosscurrents.
Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced that he intends to remodel San Quentin State Prison into a “Norwegian-style” rehabilitation facility. What would that mean?
If you’ve listened to KALW's podcast Uncuffed, you may have heard that last summer, a team of formerly incarcerated producers traveled to Norway. They attended the world’s first international prison radio conference and visited a few of the country's prisons.
While visiting Oslo Prison, Uncuffed producers Thanh Tran and Nate McKinney sat down with producers in the Norwegian prison radio program, called RøverRadion. In this conversation with RøverRadion hosts — who are using their first names only to protect their anonymity — you’ll hear what Thanh and Nate have to say about what they saw in Norway, and how it holds up to their experiences at San Quentin State Prison.
This piece was brought to you by the team at Uncuffed, and edited by Sonia Paul. Thanks to Martine Rund and Joacim Myhre at RøverRadion for their help. Follow @WeAreUncuffed on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Learn more, sign up for Uncuffed news, and support the program at www.weareuncuffed.org.
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