Author Archives: Juan Haines

Code.7370 Graduation Day at SQ

By Juan Haines Justin Meskan spent the last seven years behind bars, but in August he is scheduled to get another chance at putting his life back on track, with the assistance of an innovative computer programming class taught at San Quentin State Prison. Speaking on the occasion of Code.7370’s graduation day, March 23, Meskan, […]

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Titans of CNC Academy offers marketable skills to prisoners

Wearing a T-shirt with Titans of CNC on its front and, in large bold letters, Made in the USA on the back, Titan Gilroy says he is on a quest to “bring jobs back to America. Gilroy’s quest began by connecting with his spirituality while sitting in solitude, in prison. At 18, Gilroy was a […]

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Hybrid novel discusses women’s empowerment issues

By Juan Haines When Caits (pronounced cats) Meissner ventured inside San Quentin last summer to meet with inmates taking a creative writing class, she talked about a new kind of writing, at least for me, called “hybrid literature”. I didn’t realize that Rosemary Jenkins previously had written in the same style. When I worked my […]

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CALPIA’s Pattillo explains the options of prison job training

By Juan Haines The jobs inmates do in California’s prisons are diverse, and they demand skills that can be used in the outside workforce, according to Charles Pattillo, General Manager of the California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA). Over the years, CALPIA has expanded from making license plates to producing a wide variety of different products […]

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SQ hosts national conference on incarcerated veterans

By Juan Haines Corrections officials from around the nation, who are working on veterans’ issues, came to San Quentin, where they found new ways to serve ex-military. The visitors also discovered that it is no easy task to get the job done. “San Quentin is different than any other prison in the state,” Warden Ron […]

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Consulado Mexicano visita San Quentin

Por Juan Haines Prisioneros Mexicanos e hispanos de diferentes nacionalidades en California enfrentan grandes retos para rehabilitarse y cambiar sus vidas. Esa fue la impresión que se llevaron los oficiales del Consulado Mexicano de San Francisco quienes recientemente visitaron la Prisión de San Quentin. De acuerdo a Javier issac Delgadillo, quien trabaja en el Departamento […]

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The rocky road traveled by Black American athletes

By Juan Haines Professional athletes have always earned higher salaries than the average wage earner. Yet, the lack of African-Americans in sports team ownership is a carefully crafted plan, according to Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete (2006) by William C. Rhoden. To show athletes are in a […]

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Mexican consulate in SF pays visit to SQ rehab program

By Juan Haines Mexican nationals and other Spanish-speakers imprisoned in California face particularly high barriers to rehabilitation and getting their lives on the right track. That was the assessment of officials from the Mexican consulate in San Francisco who visited San Quentin Prison recently. According to Xavier Issac Delgadillo, who works in the Department of […]

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San Quentin News hosts nationwide DA forum

By Juan Haines San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, joined by more than two dozen prosecutors from around the country, visited San Quentin to discuss criminal justice policy with 30 inmates participating in restorative justice programs. “Our job does not end when the person we convict goes to prison, said Baltimore, MD, State’s Attorney Marilyn […]

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Radio journalist wins Bay Area award

By Juan Haines A state prisoner’s feature story won a prestigious journalism award after beating out over 200 entries from more than 100 professionals representing 29 media organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. The broadcast story titled Lady Jay Talks About Being Transgender in Prison won the 2016 San Francisco Peninsula Press Club award […]

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