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Uncuffed: Voices from behind prison walls

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On this edition of Your Call, we're speaking with the creators of Uncuffed, a show made by people behind bars in California prisons. They say, if you can see the humanity in us, you can see the humanity in everyone.

The new season focuses on lockdowns, quarantines, death, friendship, and love. Two Uncuffed alumni, Thanh Tran and Tommy "Shakur" Ross, who were recently released, will talk about what it feels like to finally have their freedom.

In August, Uncuffed suddenly lost $660,000 that the state had intended to award the project over two years. They're hoping to raise $80,000 in urgent bridge funding to sustain the program through the end of 2022. Without ongoing support, they might be forced to lay off staff and cancel their programs indefinitely. With those funds, they can continue working in the prisons, release the remaining episodes of Uncuffed Season two, and pursue long-term sources of funding.

Guests:

Ninna Gaensler-Debs, director of the Uncuffed program at San Quentin State Prison

Thanh Tran, journalist and senior policy and communications fellow with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, who was released from San Quentin State Prison in May

Tommy "Shakur" Ross, valedictorian of Patten College, peer health educator, organizer, and restorative justice practitioner, who was paroled in April after spending 36 years and seven months in prison

Web Resources:

Uncuffed: Voices from behind prison walls

Uncuffed: URGENT: Uncuffed suddenly lost our funding.

San Quentin News: Tommy ‘Shakur’ Ross released after 36 years

Sacramento Bee: I survived a COVID-19 outbreak at San Quentin. Gov. Newsom must see me as a human being

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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.
Bee Soll is a producer with Your Call at KALW, and a producer, writer, and editor at KCBS Radio in San Francisco. She is a former reporter for Crosscurrents and contributor at KPFA Radio.