Author Archives: Malik Harris

Reforming Our Way of Thinking

R. Malik Harris Editor-in-Chief Governor Jerry Brown is backing an initiative titled “The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016.”. The initiative changes the way juveniles are charged in adult court and will, potentially, have a drastic effect on adult sentencing. There is a debate about the impact this initiative will actually have if it […]

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San Quentin News Is Moving Forward and Staying Focused

R. Malik Harris Editor-in-Chief In 2008, I was approached by Kenny Brydon about a new project he was asked to work on. He was asked to be the Editor-in-Chief of the re-activated San Quentin News, and he was concerned about all the players involved in the project. For one, he was unsure about the intentions […]

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New Policy Allows Prisoner to Purchase Tablets

By R. Malik Harris Deputy Editor Some California prisoners are being allowed to purchase basic electronic tablets for the first time, it has been announced. The new policy covers all Level I and Level II institutions such as San Quentin’s mainline, camps and females. Condemned Row prisoners at San Quentin will not be allowed to […]

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The Chicago Bureau: Obama’s Administration Scrutinizes ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policies

By R. Malik Harris President Barack Obama’s administration criticizes zero-tolerance policies, which often turn schoolchildren into criminals, according to Susan Du of The Chicago Bureau. The White House acknowledges that the so-called “school-to-prison pipeline,” the term used by the American Civil Liberties Union to explain the connection between expelled schoolchildren and high juvenile incarceration rates, […]

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Four S. Q. Bands Debut at Music Lockdown Concert

By Malik Harris Four San Quentin bands made their public debut Feb. 8 in a fun-filled night. Two bands from Marin County performed a benefit concert at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley alongside videos of the prison bands. Music Lockdown, a Benefit for the Prison Arts Program ,featured This Old Earthquake and Beso […]

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Merrill Lynch Uses New Financial Tool to Provide Opportunities for Paroled Prisoners

By R. Malik Harris Bank of America Merrill Lynch is using a new financial tool to help fight to keep people from going back to prison. The bank has raised $13.5 million through Social Impact Bonds hoping to prepare those released from prison with skills that would keep them out of jails and prisons, according to […]

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‘State Still Responsible for Shifted Inmate Care’

State still responsible for its inmates in county jails who need ‘basic necessities of life’ By R. Malik Harris In court papers, state officials said they are no longer responsible for the care of the offenders affected by the state’s plan to relieve prison overcrowding by shifting the responsibility of low-level offenders from state to […]

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New Christian Group Movement ‘Graced Out Youth Ministries’

By R. Malik Harris “Man, they got all these youngsters running wild around here,” said an older churchgoer in San Quentin’s Protestant Chapel in the Garden Chapel area of the prison. It was not a takeover of the Protestant Chapel by young hooligans, but rather a new movement inside the prison. Graced Out Youth Ministries […]

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