San Francisco Chronicle, January 31, 2018
Gov. Jerry Brown commuted my sentence in December from 67 years to life to 20 years to life — a rare act of mercy. I had imagined the effects of a commutation on my life; the commutation’s effect on incarcerated people at San Quentin State Prison, though, surprised me. The night of my commutation, men cheered in their cells like the 49ers had just won the Super Bowl. It felt fantastic to hear men call out to me with joy, but I also recognized that they weren’t cheering for me. They were applauding something much more important than me.
Emile participated in Shakespeare at San Quentin in 2016, playing Silvius in AS YOU LIKE IT and performing in “Stories from San Quentin 2016.”