Author Archives: Eddie Herena

San Quentin’s own quiet hero

By Eddie Herena Nigel Poor, one of three members of a unique prison podcast, Ear Hustle, received an award dedicated to honoring public servants. The Jefferson Award for Public Service is given weekly to one person for his or her behind-the-scenes work in the community. In Poor’s case, her work is behind the walls of […]

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DDS Morley’s heartfelt goodbye after 19 years at SQ

‘The dental department is going to lose a wonderful dentist’ By Eddie Herena                        Making people smile is something Jerry Morley is good at; it is something he does for a living. He is not a therapist, and he does not work in a pharmacy. He […]

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Writers take guests on emotional journey

By Eddie Herena Stories by incarcerated writers swept members of the outside community into a world behind prison walls. Sponsored by the William James Association’s Prison Arts Project, the reading was an opportunity for the incarcerated writers of San Quentin to share their work. Many of their stories articulated personal struggles within the criminal justice […]

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A fútbol battle of the ages on the Lower Yard

By Eddie Herena Prison provides the opportunity for Latinos to seek friendship with their fellow inmates through a shared interest. At San Quentin State Prison, this usually means finding them on a soccer field. On the Lower Yard, incarcerated soccer players recently held a match against the Hermanos Unidos (United Brothers) – a team of […]

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SQ soccer aces turn back Berkeley…again

By Eddie Herena On a late October morning, 20 young men from the surrounding Bay Area dressed in black T-shirts and black shorts, marched down into a prison for a soccer match that had been planned for months. Stepping onto San Quentin’s Field of Dreams was a new experience for all but one member of […]

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TRUST Spanish Anger Management Graduation

By Eddie Herena San Quentin News Photographer The first TRUST-sponsored Spanish-speaking anger management graduation was held in San Quentin’s Catholic chapel. The ceremony is one of only a few programs exclusively dedicated to the Spanish speakers at San Quentin. The celebration was nothing like the average self-help graduation that numerous groups put on within the […]

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Renown Photographer Shares Life Stories at SQ

By Eddie Herena San Quentin News Photographer Pictures help people to understand and appreciate others, a noted Black photographer said in a recent visit to San Quentin State Prison. David Johnson said his black and white photos of San Francisco kids playing hop-scotch or young people dancing the night away not only portray the beauty […]

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