Today we are excited to share with you “The San Quentin Prison Report,” a radio series written and produced by a group of men serving time at the prison. With varied and thoughtful stories, it’s a great introduction to the challenges of navigating life in prison and on parole. Every story is told by the men themselves, in their own words and voices. The series inspires the listener to see beyond the labels of “criminal” and “prisoner” and “inmate” and to appreciate the men as individuals with valuable stories and insight to share, and as people with huge potential to contribute to our society.
We’re excited about the SQ Prison Report program for a few reasons. First, the program gives participants at San Quentin valuable training in journalism, radio production, and public speaking. These are skills that will not only help the men to advocate for themselves after release, but will also be hugely useful when they begin seeking employment. More importantly though, the program provides an outlet for people serving time to tell their stories in their own voices, and offers listeners a way in to begin thinking about the broadcasters not as inmates or statistics, but as journalists, baseball players, medical assistants—human beings just like us with stories to tell. Last week’s report included a story about an all-star baseball game on San Quentin’s “field of dreams.” It included a profile of Sandy Rashid Lockhard, one of seven “gold coats” who spends his time at San Quentin assisting men with disabilities. Finally, it included a first person account of what it’s like to live with AIDS behind prison walls.
The San Quentin Prison Report airs on KALW (91.7 FM in the Bay Area) on occasional Mondays at 5:00PM. We encourage you to tune in, share with friends and family, and check out past reports online here!
— The R&R Team