Author Archives: Angelo Falcone

Women’s History Month prompts answers to ‘Who’s the greatest?’

By Angelo Falcone Among other celebrations and observations, March is Women’s History Month. In honor of women, “Asked On The Line” approached mainliners and inquired, “Who do you think is the greatest woman in history? Name a woman you know whom you admire and respect.” M. Jones: “I think the greatest woman in history is […]

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‘My mother’ and ‘the Pope’ top list of best persons to visit

By Angelo Falcone A visit from family or friend is the most valued and anticipated occurrence in San Quentin. According to prison regulations, it is recognized as “a means of increasing safety in prisons, maintaining family and community connections, and preparing inmates for successful release and rehabilitation.” “Asked on the Line” asked the men in […]

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SQ’s television signal gets an upgrade

The men in blue now have a wide variety of television channels available for their viewing pleasure just in time for the holidays — and football season. After several years of complaints about the unreliable and fluctuating television signals and many meetings and proposals about upgrading to cable television, the San Quentin administration purchased new […]

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Remembering favorite foods of past Thanksgivings

By Angelo Falcone Every year, Thanksgiving lands on the fourth Thursday of November. Thanksgiving Day is one of the holidays that most men in blue especially miss celebrating with their families. “Asked on the Line” made random informal inquiries of mainliners and asked: What do you love to eat for Thanksgiving Day? Before you were […]

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What Is Your Stance on the National Anthem?

By Angelo Falcone Many of the men in blue say they would remain seated during the National Anthem. Like a small but growing number of professional athletes refusing to stand for the national anthem, mainliners have expressed similar views of the criminal justice system. “Asked on the Line” conducted an informal survey with four questions. […]

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Q & A With MAC Executives

By Angelo Falcone Many of the men on the mainline know MAC President Johnson and Vice-president Alvarez. However, here is an introduction to the other four men who serve on the MAC Executive Body: Executive Secretary Matthew Nguyen, Parliamentarian Darryl Hill, H-Unit Senior Advisor Willie Thompson, and Sergeant at Arms Nicola Bucci. After being elected to […]

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Inmates Speaks on Their Educational Goals and Degrees

By Angelo Falcone In U.S. academia, most school years begin in the month of September. “Asked on the Line” made an informal inquiry of men on the mainline and asked, “If you had the time, money or resources and you could study for and earn any type of college degree, what would it be?” Alex […]

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SOMS Overhauls Chronos and Certificates for Groups

Angelo Falcone A new Strategic Offender Management System (SOMS) will help provide assurance to the Board of Parole Hearings that all laudatory letters, chronos and certificates are legitimate, according to Community Partnership Manager Steve Emrick. “SOMS will also confirm regular attendance in programs,” Emrick explained. “Inmate participants need to make sure that they sign their […]

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Questionable Convictions Result from Zealous Prosecutors

By Angelo Falcone There are many state prisoners serving time in prison for crimes they did not commit. Often they were either wrongly convicted or “overcharged” by prosecutors with more severe crimes than of which they are guilty. For instance, prosecutors overcharge defendants with murder instead of manslaughter or attempted murder instead of assault and […]

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New Legislation Changes Inmates’ Family-Visiting Policy

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation changing a number of rules affecting visitation of prison inmates. Senate Bill 843 was signed June 27. Among several dozen amendments and additions to existing state law, the new law affirms that when the Legislature and governor amend regulations affecting visitation of inmates, they must “recognize and consider, […]

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