Author Archives: Miguel Quezada

Great Books Empowers Teenagers to Tackle Life’s Lessons

By Miguel Quezada For parents, connecting and building healthy relationships with their teenagers can be a challenging task. For an incarcerated parent, it can be downright daunting. Phone calls are prepaid, expensive and limited to 15 minutes. Some families must travel hundreds of miles for a few hours of visitation in a crowded room. The […]

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Collette Carroll Dedicated to Changing Lives

By Miguel Quezada Staff Writer Collette Carroll is the kind of San Quentin volunteer who sees a serious need and fills it. The need was to prepare prisoners for their release into the outside world. After eight years volunteering in the prison, she founded the organization that became known as the California Reentry Institute (CRI). […]

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Re-entry Program Prepares Prisoners for Release

By Miguel Quezada Staff Writer A self-help program to safely re-integrate men into their communities before they finish their prison term recently graduated more than 40 inmates. San Quentin State Prison’s Garden Chapel served as a venue for the Feb. 5 graduation. The idea behind California Re-entry Institute (CRI) is to begin the re-integration process […]

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San Quentin Poetry Volunteer C.D. Wright Passes at 67

By Miguel Quezada Staff Writer Poet C.D. Wright passed away on Jan. 13, 2016 in her home in Barrington, R.I., at age 67. She left behind a husband, son and a world of aspiring poets. Her unexpected death was a mere two days after she gave the second in a series of poetry workshops with […]

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Searching for Help

My name is Todd Haxton Jr. I read the articles of your organization [Kid CAT] helping youth with programs and vocations. I was 16 years old at the commission of my crime. I have been in the system for 10 years. I’ve been working hard on rehabilitating myself, growing as a man. I need help […]

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Victim-Offender Education Focuses on Spanish-Speaking Men

By Miguel Quezada and Juan Haines San Quentin News Staff On his second appearance before a parole board, Jose Segura was given a release date. He attributes this success to being able to express himself clearly through what he learned in the Spanish Victim Offender Education Group (VOEG). VOEG is a program that puts offenders and […]

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Grupo Educativo Ayuda A Reos Latinos

Por Miguel Quezada and Juan Haines Después de 20 años de encarcelamiento con una condena de 15 años a vida, Jose Segura, fue encontrado elegible para obtener su libertad condicional en su segunda visita ante un comité de audiencias. Segura, quien fue parte de (VOEG) Grupo Educativo para Ofensores y Víctimas, atribuye a las clases de […]

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San Quentin Ceremony Honors AIDS Victims

By Miguel Quezada Staff Writer About 50 visitors, staff and prisoners gathered in the San Quentin Garden Chapel to mark World AIDS Day. The ceremony was held “in loving memory of the more than 685,000 people who have died of AIDS-related deaths in the United States and in support of the more than 1,200,000 people […]

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Artist Rhona Bitner Visits San Quentin to Capture Its Memory

By Miguel Quezada Staff Writer A respected artist visited San Quentin State Prison to take large-scale color photographs of the North Block Dining Hall where Johnny Cash performed in 1958 and recorded an album in 1969. “It means a lot to stand where Johnny Cash played as I reach the end of this nine-year project,” […]

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Youth Offenders See Benefits in SQ Programs

By Miguel Quezada Staff Writer Jared Elkins was 13 years old the first time he found himself behind bars for burglary. At 14, he was placed in a group home. The 20-year-old San Quentin State Prison inmate said, “Since then I haven’t been out of prison for longer than six months.” Elkins, serving a sentence […]

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