'I Feel So Bad For My Friends That I Left Behind.' Chanthon Bun Reflects On His Freedom | KALW

'I Feel So Bad For My Friends That I Left Behind.' Chanthon Bun Reflects On His Freedom

Aug 17, 2020

San Quentin has had the deadliest coronavirus outbreak of any California prison. It started after incarcerated people were transferred there from Chino, another prison where the disease had spread. Uncuffed producer Chanthon Bun made it out just in time. 

"When people walk towards me they don't have eye contact. They look the other way and act like they don't know you. I'm not used to that. I'm waving at everybody."

After more than two decades of incarceration, he was released from San Quentin at the beginning of July. When he left, he was suffering from COVID-19, and he’s been recovering on his own.

Chanthon Bun is a producer for KALW’s program Uncuffed. Stay tuned for more of his story by subscribing to Uncuffed in podcast stories. Ninna Gaensler-Debs, who conducted this interview, was his instructor there. She first spoke to him the day after he got out.

KALW’s training programs in prison are funded by the California Arts Council, in partnership with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. This interview was not reviewed by CDCR. Uncuffed is changing the narrative about people in prisons. Support our work here.