Pickleball: Can A Game Change Prison Culture?
Earlier this year, Governor Gavin Newsom announced an ambitious goal to transform San Quentin State Prison into the San Quentin Rehabilitation Center. There's a multi-million dollar plan to build a new facility focused on rehabilitation and job training. With it comes a promise to shift the culture of the prison and improve relationships between staff and residents.
The hope is for this to be a first step towards a bigger change throughout the prison system in California. We're kicking off the third season of Uncuffed with a story about one unlikely step toward this change — it involves nets, sweatbands, and paddles.
So it's not just about getting the ball over a net. It's about getting incarcerated people to the finish line of completing their rehabilitative goals and getting them back into the community with their families and friends in a more normalized setting, as opposed to a prison.Steve Brooks
This episode was produced by Steve Brooks and Ryan Pagan with help from Greg Eskridge, Ninna Gaensler-Debs, Angela Johnston, and sound designer Eric 'Maserati-E' Abercrombie
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