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Committed to Turning His Life Around


KALW has partnered with radio producers inside California's oldest prison to bring you the San Quentin Prison Report, a series of stories focusing on the experiences of these men, written and produced by those living inside the prison's walls.

Inside the walls of San Quentin prison there are about 5,000 men serving time -- 5,000 stories of how a man gets to prison, and what he does once he's there. Troy Williams went from being a gang member and a convicted felon to the founding director of the San Quentin Prison Report. From San Quentin Prison, Nigel Poor has this profile of his transformation. Troy Williams was released from San Quentin last month. 

TROY WILLIAMS: “At one time in my life I had so much reverence for life that I wouldn't step on an ant. To go from being that young child to a gun toting gang banging felon is a very drastic change.”

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