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San Quentin Prison Report: Surviving prison

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San Quentin Prison

Imagine a person's first day at a maximum-security prison. How do you wrap your mind around coming from the everyday world to the violent and chaotic environment of prison life? Reporter Greg Eskridge introduces us to men who will take us on their journey of survival through their first day of incarceration.

JESSIE REED: And that advice he gave me was, "As long as you mind your own business, you see and you don't see. They said, 'Don't get involved in no gangs, stay away from homosexuals, and don't get involved in no gambling debts.'"

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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. You can find more stories from the San Quentin Prison Report here