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Chris Wilson's journey from life in prison to criminal justice reform

Portrait by Christy Zuccarini



On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with Chris Wilson about his new book, The Master Plan: My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose.

When he was 17, Wilson was cornered by two men. He shot and killed one of them. A year later, he was sentenced to life in prison. In his 30s, he convinced a judge to reduce his sentence. He walked out of jail six years later. After winning his release, Wilson started businesses that employ citizens returning from prison.


Chris Wilson, social entrepreneur, founder of the Barclay Investment Corporation, and author of The Master Plan: My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose

Web Resources:

Commonwealth Club: The Master Plan

The Atlantic: Learning Behind Bars

Newsy: He Expected To Die By 21. Chris Wilson's 'Master Plan' Saved Him

Slate: Chris Wilson's master plan transformed his life after prison. He insists he's "not an anomaly"

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.