The Prison Journalism Project highlights stories, issues and challenges from its publication in a regular online segment on CBSN Bay Area/KPIX-5 with its co-executive directors, writers and guests.
Incarcerated People Share Reactions To Derek Chauvin Guilty Verdict
May 5, 2021
Prison Journalism Project received responses from incarcerated people and correctional officers from across the county about the Derek Chauvin verdict. CBSN Bay Area’s Len Kiese spoke with Yukari Kane, co-founder of the Prison Journalism Project, and Richard Richardson, former executive editor of San Quentin News about those reactions and how Chauvin may be treated in prison.
Transgender People Face Increased Danger, Identity Issues In Prison
April 16, 2021
CBSN Bay Area’s Michelle Griego spoke with Shaheen Pasha, co-founder of the Prison Journalism Project, and Lisa Strawn, a transgender activist, about what it’s like to be transgender behind bars.
Systemic Racism Embedded In Foster Care To Prison Pipeline
April 7, 2021
The instability many feel in the foster care system leads to higher rates of entering the justice system. CBSN Bay Area’s Len Kiese spoke with Yukari Kane, co-founder of the Prison Journalism Project, and Dawn Rains, Chief Policy & Strategy Officer at Treehouse, about the foster care to prison pipeline.
Prison Educational Programs Shuttered By Covid-19 Pandemic Have Big Benefits
March 11, 2021
CBSN Bay Area’s Emily Turner spoke with Shaheen Pasha of the Prison Journalism Project, Jody Lewen, president of Mt. Tamalpais and Marcus Blevins, who is seeking a graduate degree after a 25 year sentence, about the importance of education in prison.
Leaving Prison During the Covid-19 Pandemic
March 5, 2021
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought special challenges to those reentering society from prison. CBSN Bay Area’s Michelle Griego spoke with Yukari Kane, co-founder of the Prison Journalism Project and Jonathan Chiu, who was released from San Quentin Prison last May.
Housing, Jobs, Healthcare Biggest Barriers To Reentry After Leaving Prison
February 25, 2021
Formerly incarcerated people face challenges big and small after leaving prison – from navigating the supermarket to stable housing and employment. CBSN Bay Area’s Len Kiese spoke with Yukari Kane, co-founder of the Prison Journalism Project, and Jesse Vasquez, program coordinator for Arsola Distribution and Community Services.
Incarcerated Writer At San Quentin Prison On Living Through Outbreak, Vaccines
February 19, 2021
28 incarcerated men at San Quentin Prison and 1 guard died last year from Covid-19 complications. Now vaccines are being administered at San Quentin and across the California prison system. CBSN Bay Area’s Len Kiese spoke with the co-founders of the Prison Journalism Project Yukari Iwatani Kane & Shaheen Pasha, as well as incarcerated writer Joe Garcia, in our ongoing series.
‘We’re Still Human Beings’: The Struggle of Keeping Relationships Alive in Prison
February 11, 2021
The Covid-19 pandemic has only inflamed the challenges of maintaining relationships with incarcerated people. Shaheen Pasha, co-founder of the Prison Journalism Project, Dr. Ivy Hilton and CBSN Bay Area’s Len Kiese explore how loved ones manage their relationships with those behind bars.
Incarcerated Men At San Quentin Trade Letter With Miami Youth Academy Through Prison Journalism Project
February 6, 2021
Men at San Quentin Prison participated in a letter exchange with incarcerated 14 to 18-year-olds at Miami Youth Academy. The exchange, which was facilitated by the Prison Journalism Project and Florida-based prison education group Exchange for Change, has had a profound effect for both parties. Retired journalist Henry Unger and Yukari Iwatani Kane, the co-founder of the Prison Journalism Project, spoke with CBSN Bay Area’s Michelle Griego about setting up the exchange.
Prison Journalism Project Shows Inmates Thoughts On Insurrection, Trump & Biden
January 28, 2021
Prison Journalism Project editorial associate Marcus “Wali” Henderson joined the co-founders in a CBSN Bay Area segment to talk about his perspective on the insurrection at the United States Capitol and Inauguration Day.
Prison Journalism Project Gives Incarcerated Writers A Voice
December 22, 2021
The founders of the Prison Journalism Project, Shaheen Pasha & Yukari Iwatani Kane, speak with CBSN Bay Area about the new publication that trains inmates to write and publish their own stories.