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YLR: Your Evolving Right to Bail

Jul 15, 2020

Our system of Bail has evolved from where someone would await your trial in your stead to make sure you showed up,  to where you posted money to make sure you showed up, to where you posted money to make sure you showed up and everyone else stayed safe.  Come the pandemic, the jails could not remain so crowded or infected persons would spread the virus -- first among themselves, then spread to the rest of the community.  How does this affect bail?  Pretrial release?  Public Safety?   

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Last month, over a hundred people were transferred from a San Bernardino County prison — a known COVID-19 hotspot — to San Quentin State Prison. Now, over two weeks later, there’s at least 30 confirmed cases of the virus at San Quentin, only about half of which were transfers.

Special: Prisoners Face Coronavirus

Mar 26, 2020

Disease can spread quickly in prisons. In this special conversation from Uncuffed, the men of Solano Prison share their thoughts on the global coronavirus pandemic, and what it would mean if it came inside.

Jeff Hayden Welcomes Mz Shirliz Transitional Inc

Feb 19, 2020

A true story of redemption.  SHIRLEY LAMARR aka Mz-Shirliz https://www.mzshirliz.org/shirley-c1h9j Ms. Shirley went from a life of drugs and crime to become a beacon of light that has saved countless lives.  "A special thank you to three of the GREATEST WOMEN I KNOW! Dr Mimi Silbert; Dr Teri Lynch-Delane; and Ms Carol Kizziah. Without them not only would I not have any of the joy that I have in my life today, ... I would not even know how to!!!" For more on who we are, please visit https://www.mzshirliz.org/who-we-are   Questions foe Jeff's guest? Please call toll-free 866-798-8255. 

California Halts Prison Gang Peacemaking Effort

Sep 25, 2019
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California prison officials have halted an effort aimed at forcing warring prison gangs to get along with each other after the inmates wound up brawling and even rioting when placed together in prison recreation yards, officials told The Associated Press.

Philosophy Talk: Philosophy Behind Bars

Aug 20, 2019

What is it like to teach philosophy in prison. What is it like to study philosophy while serving time?


  On this edition of Your Call, Rachel Louise Snyder discusses her new book, No Visible Bruises —What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us. 

Every single minute in the US, 20 people are assaulted by their partners. Globally, 50,000 women were killed by family members in 2017, according to the UN. The same report called home, “the most dangerous place for women.” Snyder reveals how many solutions are based on false assumptions and are not protecting women. What still needs to change? 

 

What happens during a lockdown at San Quentin?

May 13, 2019
Nigel Poor

A lockdown happens when correctional officers decide there is a threat to the safety and security of a prison. That might be a fight, an assault, or a race riot. So what's it like in a lockdown? 

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Oakland resident Glenn Bailey is 85 years old. He spent 52 of those years in the penal system. Bailey was in an out of jail for most of his life, and he’s never denied the crime that got him in the longest — a double homicide.

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On September 8, people in cities around the world are taking to the streets to call on local leaders to commit to transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy. The actions in San Francisco will coincide with the Global Climate Action Summit. We'll discuss coverage. We'll also talk about the Environmental Protection Agency under Andrew Wheeler, the man who replaced Scott Pruitt.  

The environmental costs of prisons

Jun 4, 2018
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The cruel and inhumane conditions that many prison inmates live in have been well documented. On this edition of Your Call, we'll discuss environmental factors that can make prison even more difficult, and in some cases, deadly.

We’ll have a conversation with prison reform activist, Susan Burton, about her book Becoming Ms. Burton.  

Mary Rees

 

It’s rare for a play to make its Bay Area premiere on Alcatraz, but then, this is no ordinary play — and the Poetic Justice Project is no ordinary theater company.

San Quentin Prison Report: Guiding rage into power

Oct 24, 2016
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Guiding rage into power, or G.R.I.P., is a 52-week program for violent offenders at San Quentin. It teaches the men how to understand the impact they had on their victims, how to stop their violent behavior, cultivate mindfulness and develop emotional intelligence.

Your Call: Weapons of Math Destruction

Oct 13, 2016

 


On the October 13th edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with Cathy O’Neil about her new book Weapons of Math Destruction.

Nigel Poor

 

For people who are incarcerated, it can be hard to find a space to grieve a loved one's death. There's no funeral, and no family or friends by your side to help ease the pain.  Reporter Greg Eskridge interviews fellow inmates about ways that they've learned to grieve behind bars.

Four thousand inmates are housed at San Quentin, a men’s prison in Marin County. Only a small handful of them identify as transgender.  Reporter Louis A. Scott has the story of how one of them learned to stand her ground.

San Quentin Prison Report: The Cardman

Apr 12, 2016
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When we're children we believe in magic but as you get older skepticism takes over. But it's a different story for people who run into The Cardman at San Quentin State Prison.

Philosophy Talk asks about life and death in prison

Jan 12, 2016

What rights should convicted felons be expected to forfeit before prison becomes cruel and unusual punishment?


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Monday, January 4th at 5pm, tune in to hear “Stories from San Quentin,” a special broadcast from Life of the Law featuring powerful human stories of prisoners, staff and volunteers at California's oldest prison.

Daily News Roundup for Thursday, Semptember 3, 2015

Sep 3, 2015
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Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW News:

California's Katrina is coming // Wired

 

"California's always been for dreamers. Dreams of gold brought the forty-niners. Easy seasons and expansive arable acreage brought farmers, dreaming of an agricultural paradise. Fame, natural beauty, and the hang-loose cultural mosaic have brought dreaming millions to the state where summer never seems to end.

Simron Gill

 

When it comes to locking up young people, the US leads the industrialized world. And though youth incarceration rates have been declining for the last two decades, adult prisons still contain many inmates who entered the system as juveniles with life sentences. These prisoners have grown up and lived their entire adult lives behind bars.

Your Call: How do you re-enter society after prison?

Dec 23, 2014

  On the December 23rd, 2014 edition of Your Call, we'll hear stories of people who turned their lives around after over a decade in prison or jail.  Two thirds of people released from California's prison system will return within 3 years. What obstacles prevent people from getting out and staying out?  How does incarceration impact families, especially children?  What kind of support do formerly incarcerated adults want?  It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.  

Committed to Turning His Life Around

Nov 17, 2014

KALW has partnered with radio producers inside California's oldest prison to bring you the San Quentin Prison Report, a series of stories focusing on the experiences of these men, written and produced by those living inside the prison's walls.

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In 1969, Dorsey Nunn was sentenced to life in prison for killing a man. After serving 12 years of his sentence, Nunn was paroled in 1981. Back on the outside, he realized there was very little help for him or people like him to make new lives. He took matters into his own hands and started working with other formerly incarcerated people to address issues of employment, education, and voting rights. 

Your Call: How do you re-enter society after prison?

Oct 23, 2014
Ruth Morgan, "The Welcome Home Project"

 

  

On the October 23rd, 2014 edition of Your Call, we'll hear stories of people who turned their lives around after over a decade in prison or jail.  Two thirds of people released from California's prison system will return within 3 years. What obstacles prevent people from getting out and staying out?  How does incarceration impact families, especially children?  What kind of support do formerly incarcerated adults want?  It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.  

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Father and son reunited in prison

Dec 2, 2013
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KALW has partnered with radio producers inside California's oldest prison to bring you the San Quentin Prison Report, a series of stories focusing on the experiences of these men, written and produced by those living inside the prison's walls.

Ron Everett has been incarcerated almost 31 years. Everett was arrested soon after the birth of his son, and their relationship became estranged over time.

  

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Dionne Wilson's husband, a San Leandro police officer, was killed in the line of duty seven years ago, but she says it took her a long time to find a way to really heal.

“For many years, I carried around so much vengeance and hate. I realized at a certain point I had nothing left. I had no more tools. I engaged in a lot of self-destructive behavior. I tried to buy my way out of my grief; I tried to drink my way out for a short period. Thankfully, I didn’t take that too far. And I just didn’t have a way to move past being embroiled in the moment,” says Wilson.

Wilson initially thought the trial and conviction of her husband’s murderer would bring her some sort of comfort or closure.

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