Date of the Event:
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
KPFA Radio & the Ella Baker Center present:
With the Participation of Former Inmates
Don Cronk, Phillip Seiler & Edward Ramirez (probable)
"Life After Murder: Five Men in Search of Redemption"
Hosted by Blanche Richardson
March 13, Wednesday, 7:30 pm
The Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley
or Pegasus Books (3 locations), Marcus Books, Mrs. Dalloway's, Moe's Books, Walden Pond, DIESEL a Bookstore, and Modern Times ($15 door) $9 HC members
Can a murderer be redeemed? What happens to murderers who've served decades in prison? Award-winning journalist Nancy Mullane began asking these questions while visiting San Quentin State Prison on an assignment to report on the exploding costs of incarceration. The people she met in prison astonished her with their remorse, introspection, determination and hopes for freedom and forgiveness. The five men profiled in this book all committed tragic crimes that tore families and communities apart. But given a life sentence and the possibility of parole, society offered each man a kind of promise, that if he paid his debt to society and demonstrated rehabilitation, he might have a chance to return to a life outside the prison walls. Each man embraced that hope and spent decades in San Quentin working towards the possibility of a second chance.
State prison statistics, provided exclusively to Mullane, show that convicted murderers released from prison on parole never commit murder again, and less than 1% commit another crime.
"Life After Murder challenges us to do the unthinkable in this era of mass incarceration view those accused of heinous crimes as worthy of our care, compassion and concern. Nancy Mullane, a white woman who once was just as ignorant about the real world of crime and punishment as the typical television viewer, takes us on a remarkable journey behind bars and introduces us to five unforgettable men who are struggling to transform their lives. Through their stories we are reminded of the power and possibility of redemption, as well as the nearly unforgiveable crime our nation has committed: treating some human beings as disposable."
Michelle Alexander, author of the NYT bestseller, The New Jim Crow
"This is journalism at its finest and a must-read for anyone interested in the realities of our prison system."
Tom Ammiano, CA Assemblymember & chair of the Committee on Public Safety
Co-sponsored by Ella Baker Center