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Behind prison walls, he learned how to make money the old fashioned way: by investing in the stock market.

Meet WALL STREET on NPR’s Morning Edition, a story produced by The Kitchen Sisters and Life of The Law.

Curtis Carroll entered San Quentin State Prison as a young man. He could barely read or write.

That was until he discovered the world of Wall Street. He asked questions, studied stocks and today, behind the walls of the prison, officers and inmates know him as “WALL STREET.” He keeps a stock portfolio, studies national and international corporations and shares his excitement about making money the legal way by teaching a financial literacy class to fellow inmates.

Nancy with Wall Street


Listen to this exclusive conversation recorded inside San Quentin State Prison between “WALL STREET” and an international award-winning financial investor, recorded by Life of the Law’s Nancy Mullane.

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PRODUCTION NOTES: This post was produced by Nancy Mullane, Kirsten Jusewicz-Haidle and Jonathan Hirsch with special thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson of San Quentin State Prison. Funding provided by the Open Society Foundations and the Law and Society Association.   © Copyright 2015 Life of the Law. All rights reserved.

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