The provocative Prison Race Series examines recidivism, rehabilitation, and reintegration.


Maurice "Knowledge" Kelly spent almost 9 years in prison. He was a respected writer and voice of reason in prison. He became an author after he was released. Kelly was murdered in Palm Springs in 2015.
 


Will Fields aka "Trey Devil," former member/leader in one of the most notorious gangs
in Los Angeles, spent six years in prison for three counts of attempted murder. Will
is the author of two books, a college graduate and a succesful lineman today.


Helen Quintana-Hinojos served time in the California Institution for Women for a white collar crime. She was a participant in PEP and the Reintegration Academy.


David Sexton spent various periods of time incarcerated for drug violations. He graduated with
honors at Cal Poly Pomona. David passed a couple of years after this interview. Sexton died in 2010.



Darius Spencer pent 21 years in prison. At a very young age he became
enamored with the Blood gang. He is now a successful meat salesman.


Clarence "Rudy" Brown spent 17 years in federal prison for a drug conspiracy charge.
Upon his release he coordinated a program at Cal State San Bernardino that helped
parolees find jobs. He is currently an employment and training specialist for LA Works.


Former inmate Luis Garcia speaks about getting his undergraduate and
Master's degrees. He is now working on his doctorate.



John Lee retired as an Associate Warden in the Chino Women's Prison. He
worked in the California Department of Corrections as a correctional officer,
sergeant, lieutenant, and associate warden for over three decades.



Jermaine Subia has the Valedictorian of his class while receiving his Associate's degree
at the California State prison in Norco. He discusses his past, present, and future.



John Sewell has worked in the LAPD for over a decade. He discusses his
policing philosophy, the challenge of policing gangs, and law enforcement.



Willie Fant, former gang member, shares his views on his recent release from prison, prison life and what led up to his incarceration. Willie now has aspirations to prevent youth from following in his footsteps.

 Michael O'Bryant Tillman spent 27 years in prison. He received two degrees while incarcerated and helped hundreds of other inmates along the way. He is now a tax consultant.

Amazing homeless street musician Sean Roosa discusses his bouts with drug abuse and
the criminal justice system as he plays his guitar & sings between interview questions.


Ricshawn Moore's Picture

Ricshawn Moore, a Reintegration Academy participant, discusses surviving the violent streets of Compton and how he is determined to change his life. He is now an apprentice to be a lineman.

Quake Fisher's Picture

Michael "Quake" Fisher spent twelve years in prison for manslaughter (gang violence). He wrote Chapter 3 of the book Prison Race.

Prison Race Perspectives

Judah 1's Picture

Judah 1 is one of the most gifted spoken word artists in Los Angeles. Discussing prison, race, class, power, and spirituality, he came to our studio to give us a taste of his brilliance.

Kim Hulscher's Picture


Kim Hulscher,
of the Dutch Salvation Army discusses social service outreach for prostitutes, drug users, and parolees in Amsterdam.

Quake Fisher's Picture

 KCET Special about race riots in prison and interview with Michael "Quake" Fisher and Professor Renford Reese.

Prison Race Rap: Michael "Quake" Fisher lays down a lyrical montage.

Will Field's Picture

Time Warner exposé about Will 'Trey Devil' Field's transition from prison life to freedom.

The Prison Education Project
The Reintegration Academy
The Prison Race Book

Contact: Renford Reese at:
rrreese@cpp.edu
www.RenfordRees.com