Author Archives: Phoeun You

Spanish Facilitator Impacts Lives

By Phoeun You Graphic Designer Lucia De La Fuente impacted the lives of 10 Spanish-speaking San Quentin prisoners with her skills as a counselor and teacher. “She taught me how to deal with my traumas. I can own up to my crime and hold myself accountable for it,” said Manuel Murillo, one of her students. […]

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Amanda Howell Departs From San Quentin

By Phoeun You Amanda Howell, inside coordinator for the Prison University Project (PUP), has left the nonprofi t organization that provides Associate of Arts degrees at San Quentin to pursue her own academic goals. Howell impacted hundreds of students’ lives through her work as a PUP volunteer before becoming a full-time staff member. However, Howell […]

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Lifers Hold Origami Workshop for Children’s Hospital

By Phoeun You Graphic Designer Inside San Quentin’s Interfaith Chapel, 15 convicted murderers and lifer inmates came together to fold hundreds of origami hearts for patients at Oakland’s Children’s Hospital. The inmates’ goal was to uplift the children’s hearts and make them feel loved and not forgotten on Valentine’s Day. At the end of the […]

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Counselor N. Lee Helps Inmates Seek Rehabilitation

By Phoeun You  Correctional Officer N. Lee began working approximately one year ago as the Correctional Counselor I inside North Block of San Quentin. During that time, Lee has helped hundreds of inmates seek rehabilitation through her service as a caseworker. Before taking the counselor position, Lee became a part of the Honor Guard. Only […]

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13 PUP Students Gain New Appreciation for Biology

By Phoeun You Prison University Project’s (PUP) fall 2014 semester ended with 13 students gaining important knowledge and new appreciation for biology. The biology course was collaborated and taught by professors Xan Chacko, Troy Lionberger, Ryan McGorty, Brock Roberts, Moe Turner, Diane Wiener, and Adam Williamson — all with different backgrounds in biology. Throughout the […]

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A Prisoner’s Newspaper Frustration

‘I want to re-order, but I won’t until this is cleared up!’ San Quentin News, This will be a quick note! I really can’t read the newspaper right now. I just wanted to get the newspaper so others could read. Right before I was [transferred] to this prison I sent you six stamps. While I […]

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S.Q. Get On The Bus Event

By Phoeun You Children traveled from as far away as San Diego to get hugs and kisses from their dads in celebration of Father’s Day June 6 in San Quentin’s visiting room. “It is very important to have children connect with their parents to show them that they are loved,” said Amalin Molina, executive director […]

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The San Quentin Community Shows Appreciation to Dr. Julie Lifshay

By Phoeun You Eight years ago, Julie Lifshay PhD, ventured inside San Quentin for the first time, hoping to help prisoners improve their lives. Today, she continues to contribute time and effort by working as an educator and a volunteer to the betterment of countless inmates. In 2006, Lifshay met Jody Lewen PhD, executive director […]

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Report: U.S. Mentally Ill Prisoners Quadrupled

By Phoeun You A 2006 report from the Human Rights Watch concluded that the numbers of mentally ill prisoners in the U.S. has quadrupled since 2000, demonstrating a failure on the part of the prison system, which failed to properly treat mentally ill prisoners. More than half the prisoners in the U.S. experienced some mental […]

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2009 Study Shows Youth Gang Violence Rising

By Phoeun You Since 1980, gang violence among young people has been a growing problem throughout America, according to a 2009 study. An innovative gang prevention strategy was introduced to several communities focusing on teenagers involved with gangs and their families. The prevention strategy supports local organizations that help transition troubled youngsters away from negativity […]

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