Author Archives: Rahsaan Thomas

No winner in epic Intramural League basketball finals

By Rahsaan Thomas Commissioner Ishmael Freelon declared a draw in the Intramural League Basketball Championship after controversy over whether one of the games should count as a forfeit in the best of five series otherwise tied two-two. Championship Intramural games are normally played on Sunday mornings, but the coaches of both teams agreed to play game […]

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Harry “ATL” Smith out scores former pros

By Rahsaan Thomas San Quentin Warrior Harry “ATL” Smith scored 31 points against former overseas-pro basketball players to help his team survive a last second surge by Christian Sports Ministries. The Warriors won 87-84. “We could not stop ATL today. He was awesome,” said Evan Fjeld, who played professionally overseas in the NBA’s D-League and […]

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Golden State Warriors come back to the Lower Yard

By Rahsaan Thomas A parade of Golden State Warriors, including Draymond Green and Kevin Durant, made their fifth annual visit to San Quentin State Prison for fellowship, fun and basketball. Golden State General Manager Bob Myers, Assistant GM Kirk Lacob, and Assistant Coach Willie Green were also among those who marched down the hill leading […]

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How Restorative Justice transforms offenders

By Rahsaan Thomas Taking 62 violent prisoners, putting them in the same dorm, and requiring them to participate in a Restorative Justice program sounded to Sunny Schwartz like a good way to stem their criminal thinking and recidivism. “‘You don’t put 62 violent men in a open dorm,’” Schwartz said deputies told her. “They thought […]

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1000-Mile Club members endure three-hour run

By Rahsaan Thomas Incarcerated runners struggled through their cramped legs, aching quads and dizzy spells to complete a three-hour race on the San Quentin Lower Yard. Markelle Taylor and 69-year-old Mike Keyes both broke 1000 Mile Club records while doing so. “Some days just aren’t your days,” said 1000 Mile Club Sponsor Frank Ruona. “You […]

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Bittermen improves record over .500 against SQ Kings

By Marcus Henderson With a ninth inning comeback and a hard-fought second game, the San Quentin All-Stars baseball team swept the Bay Area Barons and the Alameda Baseball Club. It was the final two games of the season. In the first game, the All-Stars erased an eight run deficit to beat the visiting Barons 10-9. […]

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Looking at what’s behind the national anthem

By Rahsaan Thomas The American national anthem contains language that is said to celebrate the killing of slaves fighting for their freedom, according to research inspired by the attention Colin Kaepernick has drawn for taking a knee during the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” In the wake of the recent police shootings of Blacks, the […]

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A Violent Death Leads to Forgiveness

By Rahsaan Thomas A 72-year-old woman and an incarcerated Black man shared stories of how they avoided becoming leaders of hate by forgiving the men who committed crimes against their family members. “Forgiving someone who committed an atrocious crime against your loved one is hard to do, but the offender will live in your head […]

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Two-Hour Race Filled With Challenges for 22 Runners

By Rahsaan Thomas Twenty-two runners lined up for the start of a two-hour race around a bustling prison yard for the 1000 Mile Club annual event. More than a dozen men ran for the entire time. Markelle Taylor ran at a pace to break his own 2015 two-hour record of 18.6875 miles. “He’s run 15 […]

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Asian/Pacific Islanders Battle for Basketball Title on Labor Day

By Rahsaan Thomas In an effort to promote unity, the Asian/Pacific Islanders sponsored a Labor Day basketball tournament called The Battle of the Blocks. Three of San Quentin’s housing units played against each other in the event. North Block went undefeated in a four-game series, winning the final over West Block, 30-17. “Throughout the year, the […]

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