Associated Press
Associated Press 22 May 2020

In prison, music producer finds new voice for inmates, and himself

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While serving time for killing a man during an altercation, music producer David Jassy used his keyboard to make beats and encouraged fellow inmates to perform rap freestyles, teaching them about songwriting and music production. The culmination of those efforts is a music project championed by celebrities called "San Quentin Mixtape, Vol. 1." (May 22)


Before the coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of gatherings, 2nd Call met every Thursday night in a church basement in South Los Angeles. John "Big John" Harriel Jr. led the meetings to teach other former convicts and others how to live life outside prison walls.
Before the coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of gatherings, 2nd Call met every Thursday night in a church basement in South Los Angeles. John "Big John" Harriel Jr. led the meetings to teach other former convicts how to live life outside prison walls.
Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black, joins MSNBC's Ari Melber to talk about how coronavirus is spreading in prisons: "The only way to combat those outbreaks is to reduce those populations in prisons and jails." Aired on 04/09/2020.
Film producer Scott Budnick, who took a break from the industry to focus on criminal justice reform, sat down with CBS News for an interview on leaving Hollywood, the spread of coronavirus behind bars and what can be done to help people after their time in prison.

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