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KALW, an NPR member station in San Francisco, has led classes in audio production inside San Quentin State Prison since 2012, and Solano Prison since 2018. Since then, KALW has aired over 80 stories produced inside the walls.

Radio producers from KALW visit the prisons to teach classes in audio production, and to help edit the stories. Audio engineers at KALW do some final polishing before it goes out to the world.

KALW’s classes in prisons are supported by the California Arts Council's Arts in Corrections program, which is funded by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

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The producers have won several awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the San Francisco Press Club, and they were nominated for a Local That Works award.

Our work has been featured in The New York Times, Ear Hustle, Reveal, Snap Judgment, KQED, The California Report, KCRW, the UK’s Inside Time and National Prison Radio, Capital Public Radio, the San Francisco Public Press, Podcast The Newsletter, and 48 Hills.

Video versions of Uncuffed play on TVs throughout the California prison system on the DRP channels.

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