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Life of the Law #106: Mother and Son

From Life of the Law | 37:45

What’s it like to be a teenager sent to prison for what may be forever, and what’s it like to be his mom?

Our story is Mother and Son.

20150617_1_0189_copy_small Twenty-one years ago, at the age of 19, Greg Eskridge was sentenced to 65 years-to-life plus two life terms in prison. Greg’s mom, Patricia Eskridge, was in the courtroom that day to hear the judge announce what, in many ways, would be her future.

Prison is a walled off, secret world, where inmates and officers live a sort of altered reality. For the past 10 years Life of the Law’s Executive Producer, Nancy Mullane, has been reporting on the people inside San Quentin State Prison in Northern California and over those years, some of the men she’s been reporting on have themselves become journalists — writing print stories for the San Quentin News and producing audio stories for the San Quentin Prison Report, stories told by reporters from the unique perspective of life inside prison looking out, rather than from the perspective of free journalists outside looking in.

One day after a meeting of the Society of Professional Journalists San Quentin, reporter Greg Eskridge mentioned he was going to miss the next Sunday meeting. He said his mom was coming to San Quentin for a visit.  How long had he been in prison, Mullane asked? More than 21 years. He said he was sent to prison at the age of 19 after being convicted of murder, attempted murder, and assault with a deadly weapon. He was sentenced to 65 years-to-life and two life terms.

What’s it like to be a teenager sent to prison for what may be forever, and what’s it like to be his mom? 

Our story is Mother and Son.

Production Notes

Mother and Son was reported by Nancy Mullane and edited and produced by our Senior Producer, Tony Gannon with assistance from Ian Coss.

Our Post Production Editors are Kirsten Jusewicz-Haidle and Rachael Cain.

Our engineer was Howard Gelman of KQED Radio in San Francisco. Music in this episode was composed and produced by Ian Coss. Special thanks to Greg Eskridge, Patricia Eskridge, and the San Quentin Prison Report.

Transcript of Mother and Son


 

This episode of Life of the Law was funded in part by grants from the Open Society Foundations, the Law and Society Association, and the National Science Foundation.

© Copyright 2017 Life of the Law. All rights reserved. 

Life of the Law #89: Live Law Philadelphia - Beyond the Walls: Prison Positive

From Life of the Law | Part of the Life of the Law series | 01:01:58

For 22 years, Philadelphia FIGHT has hosted an entire month of free workshops, trainings, and outreach about HIV and AIDS. This year, Life of the Law traveled to Philly on June 15th to take part in Philadelphia Fight’s inspiring work by presenting LIVE LAW -- Beyond the Walls: Prison Positive...stories told by people have done the testing and been tested in the city’s jail and prison.

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If you’ve had unprotected sex the only way to know if you’ve been infected with the HIV is to take a quick saliva or blood test. It’s free and it’s easy. And then whether you’re negative or positive you can get on with life and, if you test positive, start the really important early treatment. 

Today people with HIV who get treatment can live a normal life. But if they don’t — if they avoid the test and treatment — in around 10 to 15 years HIV so severely damages their immune system that AIDS develops.

It hasn’t always been so easy to get tested and treated for HIV.

For 22 years, Philadelphia FIGHT, a comprehensive health services organization providing primary care, consumer education, research, and advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS has hosted an entire month of free workshops, trainings, and outreach about HIV and AIDS. This year, Life of the Law traveled to Philly to take part in Philadelphia Fight’s inspiring work. On June 15th we presented LIVE LAW – Beyond the Walls: Prison Positive…stories told by people who have done the testing and been tested in the city’s jails and prison.


  • Jessica Falcon produced and hosted Beyond the Walls: Prison Positive and has our first story. Jessica’s pursuing a PhD in biomedical engineering, but uses her spare time to advocate for the HIV positive population in Philadelphia. She is deeply motivated by the cause and says she has chosen activism as her passion. 
  • Waheedah Shabazz-El describes herself as a 50-plus African-American Muslim woman and retired U.S. postal worker who was diagnosed with AIDS in 2003.
  • Sonia Williams is the program officer at First Hospital Foundation, a local health foundation that supports programs that serve the most vulnerable populations in Philadelphia County. While completing her Masters in Public Health, she conducted her internship at the Philadelphia Prison System.
  • Odessa Summers has been the Prison Medical Case Manager at ActionAIDS for 8 years. She’s been doing HIV work for 15 years.
  • Dr. Debra D’Aquilante is a board-certified Infectious Disease specialist for Corizon Health who has been seeing patients in the Philadelphia Prison System for 22 years. She conducts the Infectious Disease Clinic and sees all the incarcerated HIV+ patients, as well as other Infectious Disease consults.

    PRODUCTION NOTES

    Live Law Philadelphia – Beyond the Walls: Prison Positive was a co-production of Life of the Law and Philadelphia FIGHT. The event was produced by Jessica Falcon, Philadelphia FIGHT and Nancy Mullane with special thanks to Hannah Zellman. Sound design by Jonathan Hirsch. Production support was provided by Kirsten Jusewicz-Haidle. Howard Gelman was our engineer.

    Music in this episode was from Blue Dot Sessions.


    This episode of Life of the Law was funded in part by grants from the Open Society Foundation, the Law and Society Association, the Proteus Fund and the National Science Foundation, and was sponsored by FreshBooks.

    © Copyright 2016 Life of the Law. All rights reserved.

     

     
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    "On Being" with Krista Tippett: Patrisse Cullors & Dr. Robert Ross

    From On Being with Krista Tippett | Part of the "On Being" with Krista Tippett Specials series | 58:00

    We’ve heard a lot about Black Lives Matter, but you may never have heard one of its co-founders reflect outside a moment of crisis, presenting a luminous vision of the resilient world we’re making now. I met Patrisse Cullors, who is also an artist, in a cross-generational conversation with Dr. Robert Ross. He’s a physician and a leader who is helping redefine public health in terms of human wholeness. They give voice to the generative potential in this moment we inhabit — its courage and creativity, its seeds in trauma and resilience, and its possibility for all of our growth as individuals and community.

    Onbe_master_rgb_square__1__medium_small We’ve heard a lot about Black Lives Matter, but you may never have heard one of its co-founders reflect outside a moment of crisis, presenting a luminous vision of the resilient world we’re making now. I met Patrisse Cullors, who is also an artist, in a cross-generational conversation with Dr. Robert Ross. He’s a physician and a leader who is helping redefine public health in terms of human wholeness. They give voice to the generative potential in this moment we inhabit — its courage and creativity, its seeds in trauma and resilience, and its possibility for all of our growth as individuals and community.