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Life After Murder

LIFE AFTER MURDER: FIVE MEN IN SEARCH OF REDEMPTION is a temporary exhibit and speakers series on Alcatraz Island opening on Saturday, August 25th.

The exhibit is based on Life After Murder: Five Men in Search of Redemption, a book authored by Nancy Mullane, and uses life-size documentary photographs by Elizabeth Fall of the five men profiled in the book. The speakers series will begin Saturday, August 25th at 1:00PM, with a special presentation by all five men, and will run every Saturday through November 17th with a variety of speakers and subjects related to the topic. There is no extra cost to participate.

This unique exhibit offers visitors an opportunity to come face-to-face with men who once committed murder and to see firsthand who they are today, as well as hearing from individuals who have had years of experience working with the lifer community inside San Quentin State Prison. The exhibit challenges readers and viewers to learn about an American community largely hidden from public view. From 2000-2010, more than 50,000 prisoners convicted of murder were released from state and federal prisons throughout the United States with the lowest recidivism rate of any category of crime. The SPEAKERS SERIES will begin Saturday, August 25th at 1:00pm, with a special presentation by all five men and will run every Saturday through November 17 with a variety of speakers and subjects related to the topic.

  • September 1-Nancy Mullane, Author of Life After Murder
  • September 8-Donald Cronk
  • September 15-Elisabeth Fall, Documentary Photographer
  • September 22-Jesse Reed
  • September 29-Bill Sessa, Press Spokesperson, CDCR Headquarters
  • October 6-Phillip Seiler and his fiancé Desiree Pascual
  • October 13-Lieutenant Sam Robinson, San Quentin State Prison
  • October 20-Richard Rael
  • October 27-Chris Redlitz, Director of The Last Mile
  • November 3-Jody Lewen, Exec Director, Prison University Project & Kim Richman, Alliance for Change, USF
  • November 10-Edward Ramirez
  • November 17-Discussion with Exhibit Principals ­­

About Nancy Mullane

Nancy Mullane develops, reports, and produces feature stories for Public Radio International's This American Life, National Public Radio and the NPR affiliate KALW News-Crosscurrents in San Francisco. In 2009, Nancy was awarded a Soros Justice Media Fellowship and she is a member of the Society for Professional Journalists, the Association of Independents in Radio, and the International Women's Media Foundation. In 2011, Nancy was the recipient of a National Edward R. Murrow Award.

About Visiting the Exhibit

The exhibit is located in the former Dining Hall in the Main Cell House. Look for directional signs or ask an employee for details.The Saturday weekly speakers series presentations begin at 1pm. Running from August 25 through November 17. Obtain tickets from Alcatraz Cruises at 415-981-7625.

 

Did You Know?

The gardens of Alcatraz.

The abundant plant life found on Alcatraz today is not quite “natural” – originally the island was a barren, wind swept, bird guano covered piece of sandstone rock. Soil and plants were introduced by the U.S. Army as they built the first U.S. fort on the West Coast, beginning in the 1850s.