Uncuffed Uncuffed is a show made by people behind bars in California prisons. We share intimate stories of our struggles and triumphs, and of the heartache and forgiveness taking place within these walls. Uncuffed is vulnerable and personal. If you can see the humanity in us, you can see the humanity in everyone.
Uncuffed

Uncuffed

From KALW

Uncuffed is a show made by people behind bars in California prisons. We share intimate stories of our struggles and triumphs, and of the heartache and forgiveness taking place within these walls. Uncuffed is vulnerable and personal. If you can see the humanity in us, you can see the humanity in everyone.

Most Recent Episodes

I'm Somebody's Hero

Growing up, Uncuffed Producer Thanh Tran never truly felt like he had a home. He was raised in the foster care system, was in and out of juvenile hall as a teenager. And then, shortly after his 18th birthday, he went to prison. Just over a decade later, he got what he had been working toward for years — his freedom. Learn more, sign up for Uncuffed news, and support the program at www.weareuncuffed.org. Follow us @WeAreUncuffed on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Transcripts are available within a week of the episode coming out, at www.kalw.org/podcast/uncuffed

When A Mother's Love Becomes Violent

As a child, Francisco Magaña was afraid of his mother. She would beat him, and he's carried that pain with him for his entire life. But despite that, he managed to forgive her. Learn more, and donate to support the program: www.weareuncuffed.org. Follow us @WeAreUncuffed on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Transcripts are available within a week of the episode coming out, at www.kalw.org/podcast/uncuffed.

You're Invited To An Uncuffed Wedding

We joyfully request the honor of your presence at an extra special wedding. Our Uncuffed producer, Edmond Richardson is marrying the love of his life. And you'll bear witness to his marriage in an unlikely place: San Quentin State Prison. Learn more, and DONATE to our emergency fundraiser: www.weareuncuffed.org. Follow us @WeAreUncuffed on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Transcripts are available within a week of the episode coming out, at www.kalw.org/podcast/uncuffed.

My Enemy Saved My Life

Death is a normal part of life in prison, but it's rare that someone can live to tell the tale. Wilbert Stoneham dropped to the floor one day after a cardiac arrest. He awoke to realize he was being brought back to life by a guard who was once his nemesis. How a near-death experience can change your perspective on everything, including someone you despised. Learn more and sign up for Uncuffed news: www.weareuncuffed.org Follow us @WeAreUncuffed on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Transcripts are available within a week of the episode coming out, at www.kalw.org/podcast/uncuffed

Humor As Medicine: Aging And Compassion In Prison

California's prison population is aging — between 2000 and 2017, and the share of incarcerated people over 50 more than quintupled. For those with long or life sentences, watching friends aging and getting sick behind bars is a reality check of what a life sentence can really mean. Today on the newest episode of Uncuffed, we'll hear the story of someone who deals with his many ailments with the help of compassionate caretakers, and a good dose of humor.Learn more, and DONATE to our emergency fundraiser: www.weareuncuffed.org. Follow us @WeAreUncuffed on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Transcripts are available within a week of the episode coming out, at www.kalw.org/podcast/uncuffed.

It's Never Too Late: Fatherhood From Inside Prison

One of the many struggles of parenting from inside prison is the constant fear that your children may follow in your footsteps. Children of incarcerated parents are more likely to get in trouble at school, lack stable housing, and end up involved in the criminal legal system themselves. And breaking those cycles is not easy, especially when contact with your children is limited.———————-ALERT: Uncuffed suddenly lost all the funding we were counting on for our podcasting program. Learn more and DONATE NOW at www.weareuncuffed.org/donate. Thank you so much to the more than 230 people who have already given to support Uncuffed!Learn more and sign up for Uncuffed news: www.weareuncuffed.org Follow @WeAreUncuffed on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

You've Got Mail: Surprise Letters During Lockdown

Letter writing is an art, and the Uncuffed producers at San Quentin State Prison know that very well. At the height of the pandemic, after weeks of constant lockdowns, one of the only thing to do was write letters to friends and family.Learn more and sign up for Uncuffed news: www.weareuncuffed.org Follow us @WeAreUncuffed on Insta, Facebook, and Twitter.

Man Down: COVID Strikes At San Quentin

In June 2020, San Quentin had one of the biggest COVID-19 outbreaks in a California prison. 2,000 incarcerated people were infected, and 29 died. Two cellmates recount what it was like during that devastating time. Thanks to Mourning Our Losses for the names of those who died of COVID at San Quentin. www.mourningourlosses.org. Learn more and sign up for Uncuffed news: www.weareuncuffed.org Follow Uncuffed @WeAreUncuffed

Uncuffed Season 2: Coming Soon!

It's been a wild couple of years, and in California prisons, it was no different. We experienced lockdowns and quarantines, death, friendship, and love. Get ready for a brand new season of Uncuffed!This season, we'll hear about how some unexpected letters during the pandemic changed everything for a family divided. We'll listen up close as some our friends take big life steps, and others finally get their freedom. And always, we'll continue to bring you deep conversations about our lives inside San Quentin and Solano State Prisons.The first episode drops August 2nd. Don't miss it!www.WeAreUncuffed.org@We.Are.Uncuffed

I Can See You As My Neighbor

Tommy "Shakur" Ross has been incarcerated for over 36 years. In those decades, he's experienced a lifetime of transformation. He discovered Islam, helped found a radio program, got a college degree, and embraced restorative justice. And a few months ago he was found suitable for parole. But getting to this moment has also been a roller coaster ride. And it's not quite over yet. On the newest Uncuffed episode, we'll hear about the twists and turns of Shakur's long parole journey and how his change has influenced others around him. http://www.WeAreUncuffed.org