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San Quentin Radio: Preparing For Parole

Courtesy of Nigel Poor

When an inmate is up for parole, it's a chance to prove that they've been rehabilitated —  helped by  classes, self help groups and other incarceration programs. For many, going in front of a parole board is their last chance to appeal for freedom.

The preparation can be all consuming. Some spend an entire year getting ready for the Parole Board —  some of them granted, many denied

Williams: Why did they do me like that after I'm trying so hard to get out you know what I mean? Doing so many things to try to come home and show them that I am not that guy I was in 1979, you know? The highest person in the political power in the state of California telling you "no, we don't want you out."

Uncuffed, formerly San Quentin Radio, is a project in which KALW editors train incarcerated people to report stories from inside prison. A CDCR official listened to and approved the audio for this story prior to broadcast.

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