VOICES: River City, Episode 180: Freeing Sirhan Sirhan, with Redemption Row California president Jen Abreu

Today we’re joined by Jen Abreu, president and CEO of Redemption Row California

We discuss Friday’s hearing for Sirhan Sirhan, who was convicted of killing Senator Bobby Kennedy in 1968. Thanks to the Redemption Row team, Sirhan was recommended for parole by a two-person panel–a hugely important step that may soon result in his release. We discuss two perspectives on his ruling: 

– This Los Angeles Times piece in favor of his release by Nicholas Goldberg, and

– This Sacramento Bee piece by cartoonist Jack Ohman against his release 

The RRC leadership includes a number of high profile inmates, such as Suge Knight, the founder and CEO of Death Row Records who is now serving 28 years after pleading no contest to voluntary manslaughter in a 2015 hit-and-run. He’s one of two vice presidents of RRC. The other is Artie Guzman, former leader of the Mexican Mafia prison gang. The COO is a man named Joel Baptiste

Every person involved in this work has a complex story and is working toward rehabilitation in spite of California’s punitive prison system. 

Thanks for listening, defund the police and, as always: Twitter: @youknowkempa, @ShanNDSTevens, @Flojaune, @guillotine4you

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