This is our second interview with Steven Czifra, a 38 year old undergraduate student at the University of California at Berkeley who spent almost 16 years in prison beginning when he was 14 years old. For almost eight of those years he was held in solitary confinement.
Having been held in a solitary confinement facility known as the SHU, security housing units of California’s juvenile and adult prisons, for almost eight years, he recently participated in the hunger strikes in solidarity with current prisoners to end the use of those facilities.
In the first of a two-part series on prisons from the prisoner’s perspective, Steven Czifra shared his story and experiences. Our first conversation ended when he was about to explain his desire to give a voice to the segment of the population which ends up in prison, and is otherwise not heard. Who they are and why they are there.
In this second conversation recorded from his home in Berkeley, California in September 14, 2013, Steven Czifra tells more of his personal story, his background and reflections and how he chose to turn his life around.
The book Steven Czifra recommends is “We’re All Doing Time: A Guide to Getting Free,” by Bo Lozoff.
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