Author Archives: Rahsaan Thomas

Inadequate medical treatment for female inmates

By Rahsaan Thomas Medical treatment is inadequate for incarcerated women in California jails, the American Civil Liberties Union of California reports. Jails also fail to provide adequate protection against rape, especially for transgender people, the report added. Among the problems the January 2016 report lists are: Women forced to submit to guard-administered pregnancy tests. Abortions […]

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$20 bill – still another struggle for Harriet Tubman

By Rahsaan Thomas Donald Trump’s election raises questions as to whether Harriet Tubman’s face will grace the new $20 bill, the Philadelphia Tribune reports. After listening to the voices of thousands of Americans, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew decided last year to replace the images of Andrew Jackson, who owned slaves, with Harriet Tubman, […]

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Rick Barry’s free-throw style didn’t look cool…it just worked

By Rahsaan Thomas If you saw a man shooting free throws differently than everybody else — like by holding the ball below his waist, crouching down slightly and launching it underhanded or shooting the ball one-handed—you might think they looked weird. However, being weirdly different is how one of the best NBA shooters of all […]

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Teamwork helps 72-year-old complete six-mile race

By Rahsaan Thomas More than two dozen members of San Quentin’s running club ran 24 laps around the prison yard in a six-mile race, while a 72-year-old runner showed how coming in last could feel like coming in first. Steve Wilson, 72, was the last runner on the track. As he ran the final mile […]

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Victims of sexual abuse speak words of forgiveness

By Rahsaan Thomas Many incarcerated people believe sexual crimes committed against women and children warrant extreme punishments, but two survivors of childhood sexual abuse visited San Quentin State Prison and spoke of therapy as a better solution. Chelsea Miller, who was molested as a child, and Keith DeBlasi, a sex trafficking victim, attended a Restorative […]

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Warriors’ coach institutes no players left behind policy

By Rahsaan Thomas Staff Writer On an chilly overcast day, 33 men tried out for the San Quentin Warriors, and none of them were cut from the team. “I love that a lot of people come to try out,” veteran Warrior Montrell “Mad Defense” Vines said. “I ain’t seen this in three years.” Head Coach […]

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Oliver’s duty to country trumps his childhood dreams

Paul Oliver grew up with dreams of playing in the NBA. When his father, a full-bird colonel, sent him to West Point Military Academy, he ran off. “I didn’t want to go to West Point because I wanted to be in the NBA,” Oliver said. “I had a scholarship to the University of Washington. I […]

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Quarantine staggers 3-Mile Race, changing the results

Skull’s first place was short lived; Taylor gains top spot on second day By Rahsaan Thomas With West Block locked down, this year’s 1000 Mile Club three-mile race happened on two different days. Chris Skull took first place in the initial three-mile race with a time of 19:04. However, Markelle Taylor and Eddie Herena reclaimed […]

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Commissioner’s addiction won’t affect Intramural League season

‘I regret letting a lot of people down who counted on me. Now I’m clean’ Last year’s San Quentin Intramural Basketball League ended in controversy after the commissioner missed several games due to disciplinary issues tied to drug addiction. Commissioner Ishmael Freelon promises the 2017 season, which starts April 23, will be much better. “I […]

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Man found innocent after 19 years

By Rahsaan Thomas While serving 75 years to life for a robbery he didn’t commit, Guy Miles missed seeing his children grow up, the birth of his grandkids and the death of family members. Throughout the whole time, he has professed his innocence to the courts, various innocence projects and fellow prisoners. The courts overturned […]

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