Author Archives: Juan Haines

Prosecutors visit SQ News seeking answers to public safety

By Juan Haines A team of San Francisco’s leading prosecutors came into San Quentin on Dec. 16, seeking answers to very tough questions about public safety and got eye-opening answers from the kind of people they have convicted and sent to prison. A large part of the solution is curbing criminal behavior in children before […]

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SQ inmates surveyed about Trump’s election

In a sample survey taken from San Quentin inmates, more than half think a Donald Trump presidency has the potential to make America worse, while about 20 percent think things would be better under a Trump presidency. About a third of the respondents said that a Trump presidency poses a direct threat to their future. […]

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Discovering what it means to be human

By Juan Haines A diverse troupe of men, dressed as usual in prison blue, broke away from the everyday constraints of incarceration through the artistic expression of dance and dialogue. San Quentin’s Artistic Ensemble put on its latest performance in the prison’s Protestant Chapel on Nov. 18 for an audience of about 150 that included […]

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Inmate veterans deliver a message to the young

By Juan Haines In the early hours of Nov. 11, several dozen military veterans from all branches of service gathered on a prison yard. Free veterans and people from the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area joined them to pay tribute to this national holiday. Before the guests arrived, incarcerated veterans worked with military precision to […]

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Government worker’s job to destroy millions of lives

By Juan Haines Senior Editor Adolf Eichmann was a regular guy who found his calling by being an efficient government worker. A deeper look into his life reveals a not-so-average guy who had failed in many things, including academically and at several jobs. Nevertheless, he was a dedicated public servant and a pretty good community […]

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President-Elect Trump’s historical upset shocks nation

By Juan Haines For the fifth time in American history, the presidential candidate who won the popular vote will not be occupying The Oval Office. The populist, Donald J. Trump, astounded nearly every political pundit by breaking down what was perceived by Democrats and mainstream media to be a firewall of secure states for Hillary […]

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California votes to speed up executions

While state lawmakers complete approval of a one-drug execution method, Californians voted not only to keep the death penalty on the books, but approved speeding up executions by limiting the appeals process. Californians rejected Proposition 62, which would have repealed the death penalty for persons found guilty of murder with special circumstances and replaced it […]

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North Block project teaches construction skills

By Juan Haines Prisoners on a San Quentin work crew say they are being “rehabilitated, one building at a time” by learning state-of-the-art techniques useful in today’s construction industry. Their latest project is an addition to an existing building, North Block. The addition was completed in mid-September and is scheduled to open as a medical […]

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Who gets the death penalty? It mostly depends on who the prosecutor is

By Juan Haines A small number of prosecutors across the country are vigorously pursuing death sentences and, according to a new study, have done so without regard for fairness and accuracy. “These prosecutors are evidence that the application of the death penalty is — and always has been — less about the circumstances of the […]

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Why these prisons are calm: Inmates are respected

By Juan Haines The key to the low violence levels in Sweden’s high-security Kumla prison is how prisoners are treated, its warden told Prison Yoga Project founder James Fox. One of the unique characteristics of Kumla is its Retreat Center. Nine prisoners at a time attend 10-day silent retreats. The prison schedules 20 retreats throughout […]

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