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Marvin Mutch is a former California lifer inmate, one of thousands of men recently paroled as the state strains to reduce its prison population. Incarcerated when he was 18 years old, Mutch spent 41 years in prison for a murder he says he did not commit.

Convicted in 1975 solely on circumstantial evidence and questionable tactics by the prosecution, Mutch was never able to prove his innocence. Instead, his only hope for release became parole. By the time he was eligible in the early 1980s, California was embarking on a massive tough-on-crime prison expansion, and lifers effectively lost any hope for release.

“The Trials of Marvin Mutch” re-investigates Mutch’s murder conviction and tracks four decades of prison policy through the story of one man. Now, 60 years old, he’s suddenly faced with freedom.

Listen to the six-episode podcast. New episodes every Wednesday.

The Trials of Marvin Mutch 25 May,2017admin

6. The Trials of Marvin Mutch: Like the Weather

5. The Trials of Marvin Mutch: Hope

4. The Trials of Marvin Mutch: To Life

Valerie Mutch at her home in Ellensburg, Washington on Aug. 15, 2016.

3. The Trials of Marvin Mutch: The People v. Mutch

A young Marvin Mutch (left) with his younger sister Valerie.

2. The Trials of Marvin Mutch: Lost Boy

Marvin Mutch reads while incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison.

1. The Trials of Marvin Mutch: Guilt