RBGG’s Michael Bien provided perspective for a KQED podcast, “The Lasting Impact of COVID-19 on San Quentin State Prison,” emphasizing the need to reopen life and resume programs for prisoners in San Quentin. 

According to the introduction to the podcast: “Last summer, confirmed COVID-19 cases ballooned inside San Quentin State Prison. Now, with many incarcerated people and staff now vaccinated, infections are very low and the worst of the outbreak seems to be over.  But the programs that many relied on before the pandemic still haven’t  returned — and incarcerated people are still coping with the scars of a traumatizing year.”