Author Archives: R. Calix

Remembering the Life of Mark Titch

By Raphael Calix Mark Titch passed away on April 22 after being hospitalized for 11 days. Titch was scheduled to appear before the parole board May 14 for the ninth time. The cause of his death is not yet known. “It takes two months before the official cause of death is reported,” said Chief Medical […]

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Rising

By Raphael Calix As an angelic force in the world With everlasting traces of love The encouragement over bigotry and hatred We hear you loud and clear, Dear “Maya” Marching proudly through the old neighborhoods With filaments into our hearts Overcoming the blight of racism We found safety in her bosom Mute-yet alertly listening to […]

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Farewell To CCI McGarvey

By Raphael Calix One of San Quentin’s most respected correctional counselors, M. McGarvey of North Block, is retiring. Because of California’s budget crunch and changes in the pension system, it makes financial sense for him to leave now. Reluctantly, Counselor McGarvey leaves his “S.Q. Family” of co-workers and friends. Bonds formed over the years will […]

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Dancing Into San Quentin’s Hearts

By RAPHAEL CALIX A group of teen-agers called “Shining Light” sang and danced their way into the hearts of hundreds of San Quentin inmates in June. The group from Lebanon, Pennsylvania, at first appeared somewhat apprehensive about performing in front of a large group of convicts. But once the show began, with the music thumping […]

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SHINING LIGHT

By RAPHAEL CALIX Awsome and Wonderfull Voices lifting us up Inspiring in your delivery Of the Spirit of God Innocence of the soul On your faces shining With a joyful exuberance Singing/Acting/Dancing Here present with us all Inside the San Quentin Is the mighty presence Of the Lord

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Jesse Reed Says Goodbye After 24 Years

By RAPHAEL E. CALIX On a quiet Thursday morning of June 11, 2009, convict Jesse Reed stepped out of San Quentin and into a new life, freed on parole after 24 years in prison. In 1985 he was convicted of first-degree murder/robbery, and sentenced to 25-years-to-life. He describes the California prison system at that time […]

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Freedom Gate – Warden Johnston’s innovative ideas

By R.E. CALIX More than 60 years after opening its doors in 1852, the California prison system was quickly becoming a breeding ground for incorrigible and hardened convicts. From each corner of the state these men had been cut off and sectioned apart because they had become a threat to the common welfare of the […]

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‘The American Negro’ In celebration of Black History Month

By R.E. CALIX By observation, the American of African descent is a very odd mixture of tragedy and triumphs of human life, and with a persistent spirit that is able to free itself from the disorder of the world. In the Bible, the pious must find their place in a sinful world; the evil doer […]

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‘Life and Times of Frederick Douglas’

By R.E. CALIX & MICHAEL R. HARRIS Frederick Douglass was born into slavery and self educated, learning to read and write despite the barriers against slave education. As a fugitive slave, Frederick was able to compose the best-known slave narrative in the history of world slavery while on the lam. Fugitive slave laws forbade the aiding […]

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Warden Johnson Curbed Abuses at Folsom, San Quentin

By RAPHAEL CALIX  In the early years of the 20th century, riots, revolts, plots, escapes, killings and investigations had spread like an incurable disease within the bowels of Folsom and San Quentin prisons. The evil was a cancer and a cure was necessary. The governor of California in 1912 was Hiram Johnson, and the order […]

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