Author Archives: Boston Woodard

Judge Slams the Door on Cancer Patient, 81

By Boston Woodard After the California parole board granted 81-year-old terminal cancer patient Bill Lambie a compassionate release last July, Superior Court Judge Rodney A. Cortez refused to sign off on his release. Without further explanation, Judge Cortez of San Bernardino County (Joshua Tree District) wrote, “Defendant’s motion to be released is denied.” As an […]

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Dr. John Cranshaw Leaves S.Q. For Rehabilitation Hospital

By Boston Woodard For the past five years, Dr. John Cranshaw has administered his experience and knowledge treating prisoners inside San Quentin. In 1990, the federal court became involved with California’s prison overcrowding issue when Coleman v. Brown, was filed. Coleman claimed the state inadequately treats mental illnesses. Plata v. Brown later followed the Coleman […]

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Michael Endres Finds Many Ways to Do His Time

By Boston Woodard In prison, there are many ways to pass time. Staying busy is one way to redirect the boredom of incarceration into something that leads to peace of mind. There is one person at San Quentin who exemplifies utilizing hard work and a strong resolve to overcome the dullness and din of a […]

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Oragami Cranes Decorate San Francisco City Hall’s Holiday Tree

By Boston Woodard Every December, San Francisco City Hall displays a huge holiday tree in its rotunda. The tree is decorated with thousands of origami cranes and stars inscribed with people’s wishes and hopes for a better world. The tree is called The World Tree of Hope. Fifteen members of San Quentin’s American Indian Culture […]

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William James Association Promotes S.Q. Arts Project

By Boston Woodard The William James Association (WJA) is an organization that promotes work services in the arts, environment, and education. In addition, community development currently provides the Prison Arts Project for prisoners. “The biggest thing about the Prison Arts Project is it’s inspiring,” said Laurie Brooks, Executive Director of the William James Association. “It […]

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Helping Children Deal With Their Incarcerated Parents

By Boston Woodard The latest U.S. census numbers show that of the 2.5 million incarcerated men and women, one in 28 is a parent, and about two-thirds of these parents are in for non-violent crimes. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/09/one-28-kids-parent-jail-study/ Author Amy Friedman and her husband, Dennis Danziger, a teacher in Venice High School in the Los Angeles Unified […]

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‘Justice Reinvestment’ Gets Billions for Reform

By Boston Woodard A reform movement is taking hold in the country. It’s called “justice reinvestment,” and it aims to harvest the billions spent on incarceration and redirect the money to social service programs that might remove the root causes of lawless behavior. According to Alison Shames of the Vera Institute of Justice (VIJ), “The […]

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Obstacles That Men of Color Face in Life

By Boston Woodard Independent researchers want to understand the roadblocks young men of color face that may impede their success in life. They are looking into the underlying causes: disparities in education, economic opportunities, and health and safety concerns in various California communities. A report by the Central California Children’s Institute (CCCI), distributed by California […]

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S.Q.’s Charity Fund Raising Benefits Outside Communities

By Boston Woodard Is the desire to help others essential human quality? Does it exist even in prisoners within the state’s correctional system? The charitable activities of several rehabilitative programs in San Quentin prove that it does. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) allows officially authorized groups and organizations to carry-out charity fund-raisers. […]

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California Parole Commission Approves Compassionate Release

By Boston Woodard On a rare occasion, the California State Parole Commission approved a compassionate release in the case of Bill Lambie due to his terminal medical condition. Lambie was convicted of second-degree murder in 2000. He received a sentence of 40 years to life. He said he feels bad about the circumstances leading up […]

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