On today’s episode of Felony Friday Malik King joins host John Odermatt. Malik is the Prison Outreach Coordinator for the Can-Do Foundation. On Episode 65 of this show we spoke to the founder of the Can-Do Foundation, Amy Povah. Malik is a Prisoner Activist and advocate who opposes mandatory minimums, cruel and unusual punishment and torture, including solitary confinement or draconian sentences that do not fit the crime. Malik’s incredibly dedicated to maintaining his communication with prisoners. He has a full-time job and all of his prison outreach is volunteer work. After working a full day, he routinely stays up until 6 AM writing emails and messages to inmates, before he finally retires to grab a few hours of sleep before work. There aren’t too many people who could make it a week on Malik’s schedule and he’s been doing it for years!
During the show Malik shares the events that led him to become passionate about prison outreach and how he became famous in prisons across the nation for his inspirational poetry. Malik and John discuss former Felony Friday guest Israel Torres and what is was like for Malik to see Israel be granted clemency by President Obama. Malik also relays some sad stories about inmates who, for unknown reasons, were not granted clemency by Obama.
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