A conversation with formerly incarcerated creators of Uncuffed
On this edition of Your Call, Isiah Daniels and Tommy Shakur Ross join us for a wide ranging discussion about the prison system, their trip to the world’s first International Prison Radio Conference in Oslo, Norway last summer, restorative justice, media coverage of crime, and more.
Isiah Daniels and Tommy Shakur Ross collectively spent 57 years behind bars. Ross helped launch the radio program at San Quentin State Prison and Daniels is an advisor to Uncuffed, a show made by people behind bars in California prisons.
California Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced that San Quentin State prison will be converted from a maximum-security prison into a rehabilitation and education facility modeled after the Norwegian system. His plan is to turn the prison's Rehabilitation Center into the final stop of incarceration before individuals are released by 2025, with a focus on job training for trades, including plumbers, electricians, and truck drivers, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Isiah Daniels, artist and creator of Mwasi Arts, substance abuse counselor, and concrete mason who was released from San Quentin State Prison in 2015 after 21 years
Tommy "Shakur" Ross, valedictorian of Patten College, peer health educator, organizer, and restorative justice practitioner who was paroled last April after 36 years and seven months
Uncuffed: Voices from behind prison walls
San Quentin News: Uncuffed alumni attend international prison radio conference in Norway
The New York Times: San Quentin Could Be the Future of Prisons in America