Author Archives: David Marsh

As I See It. . .

By DAVID MARSH Editor’s Note: David Marsh was a staff writer for the San Quentin News for two years until his release on parole in June 2010. He is now a reporter and columnist for the weekly Valley Voice newspaper. I guess it’s time to for me to live up to the commitment that I […]

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Family Camp Ready to Open for the 2011 Season

By DAVID MARSH Editor’s Note: David Marsh, now paroled, was a Staff Writer for S.Q. News and periodically submits articles for publication with his permission. The shy ten-year-old boy takes several halting, tentative steps up the sidewalk leading to the closed door, his small hands tightly clutching two bags in one hand, a larger jar […]

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So What Happens to a Seatbelt-less Parolee?

By DAVID MARSH When you forget your mistakes, you are doomed to repeat them. As a parolee, I do not have the luxury of room for making mistakes. Only three short months out from behind the foreboding walls of the fortress by the bay, the venerable San Quentin State Prison, I flagrantly broke the law! […]

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Parole’s Ups and Downs

By DAVID MARSH Parole is in transition. The folks in Sacramento would be the first ones to tell you this in case you didn’t read it in the newspapers. My parole agent(s) have been quick to point this out to me. But you’ll experience the confusion firsthand with your first visit or two to the […]

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Judges Back Kelso’s Rule

By DAVID MARSH A federal panel has refused to eliminate the receiver overseeing California prison health care. The ruling clears the way for federal Receiver J. Clark Kelso to proceed with his $1.9 billion construction plan to add medical beds to the state’s 32 prisons. The decision was announced by a three-judge panel of the […]

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Re-Entry Program – What It Means

By DAVID MARSH The clients are inmates, and many are soon to be paroled. In large numbers, two evenings each week, they file steadily through the door of the California Re-entry Program in a seemingly unending stream. For those who come through the door, their quest is for information vital to their success or failure […]

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Prison Smokers Are Facing A Bleak Future All Over

When Virginia instituted its long-planned smoking ban in prisons in February, it brought half the number of the 50 states which have outlawed the use of tobacco products by staff and inmates on prison grounds. A number of the other 25 states that still permit tobacco products on prison grounds have some sort of partial […]

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Going Home to See Becky

David Marsh wrote this column shortly before being paroled By DAVID MARSH FORGIVENESS: I will be leaving this place soon, in a matter of days, God willing. Yup, parole date coming up for me, again! Hope to make this one, on June 11th. And as a single father with three children, two of them minors, […]

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I’m Out On Parole: So What Do I Do Now?

DAVID MARSH I’ve left behind the walls of the prison, having paroled on June 11. But I’m still fighting to reach freedom, one slow step at a time. I’m homeless for now, for the first time in my life, and I’m 54 years old. I’d never have imagined that there is such complexity to being […]

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MEMORIES OF FREEDOM

By DAVID MARSH Will these walls that now surround me Be my future, then my end These cold steel bars before me Are my truth, I can’t pretend Are my memories of freedom Just a taste, forbidden fruit Are my visions for the future Out of reach, perhaps quite moot Will this gate that does […]

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