McNeil Island in South Puget Sound is the Alcatraz you've never heard of. The now-abandoned prison on McNeil operated for 136 years. Today, the island is home to the Special Commitment Center, which houses Washington state's "sexually violent predators." A collaboration between KNKX and the Washington State Historical Society, Forgotten Prison tells the stories of inmates, guards, and children who grew up on the island. The history of this forgotten place can tell us a lot about how and why we lock people up.


Title Date published
New Podcast: The Walk Home 2022-09-07
Outsiders: A new podcast about homelessness from KNKX and The Seattle Times 2020-01-29
UPDATE: Laura McCollum leaves the island 2019-06-18
Episode 6: Every Prison is an Island 2019-02-26
Episode 5: It Happened Here 2019-02-19
Episode 4: Island Life 2019-02-12
Episode 3: Designing Incarceration 2019-02-05
Episode 2: Not a Prison 2019-01-29
Episode 1: Forgotten 2019-01-22
TRAILER: Forgotten Prison, a new podcast about McNeil Island 2019-01-15

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