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San Quentin Radio: Terminally ill in prison and denied release

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Throughout the prison system men are dying from incurable diseases. Sometimes these inmates are granted freedom through a program called Compassionate Release.

Through Compassionate Release, the state can parole very ill prisoners before the end of their sentence. This is a story about one man’s fight to return home from San Quentin while battling terminal cancer.



ANTOINETTE: The parole board said "yes" but this judge said "no" and I don't understand that. She said the only way she was gonna let him come home is if it was time for hospice to be called in. If anybody get's sick and they know you're dying, they should at least let you come home to die with your loved ones.

San Quentin Radio is a project in which KALW editors train inmates to report stories from inside prison.  Under an agreement with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, San Quentin officials vetted and approved the script and audio for this story prior to broadcast.