SHU solitary exercise yard. Credit: Nancy Mullane for KALW.

About a week ago, KALW ran a fascinating story about media access to California prisons. Nancy Mullane has been struggling to obtain permission to see California institutions from the inside.

This is particularly poignant, because a few days ago Governor Brown killed AB 1270, which would provide the media the ability to conduct interviews with specific inmates.

I recommend listening to the whole thing – Mullane’s observations about Pelican Bay, its staff, and the inmates, are insightful and fascinating.

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