Author Archives: San Quentin News Contributer

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I read in a December issue of Newsweek magazine that approximately 3,000 American inmates currently in solitary confinement have been there for six or more years. There are a significantly higher total number of prisoners living in solitary confinement throughout the country. Now I am disappointed to learn that there are men here […]

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Mas vivir y menos sobrevivir: la Justicia Restaurativa y el perdón humano

Por Lucía de la Fuente, PhD. El Candidato La justicia suele personificarse con la imagen de una mujer con los ojos vendados, sosteniendo una balanza y una espada. La mujer, inspirada en la diosa griega Temis (algunos dicen que proviene de la diosa Maat del antiguo Egipto), representa el orden y la “divina justicia”, y […]

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Rehabilitation begins with communication

By Scott Kernan Inmate Tyrone Hilton stood in the cell with the heavy porcelain sink in his mammoth hands. He stood 6-foot-7-inches tall, weighed 295 pounds and his muscles bulged from years of pumping iron on the prison yard. A blanket draped the open cell front and deterred direct observation into the cell. The guards […]

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My son the warrior

By Laura Murray My 36-year old son is an Army Special Forces Medic. He has numerous campaign medals and was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery. He has fought for our country in Iraq and Afghanistan and is currently in Israel, awaiting his next assignment in Africa. As a boy, he was reckless, jumping from […]

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‘Homestretch’ documents homeless youth on the streets

There’s a hidden epidemic of homeless teens in America, and the documentary Homestretch sheds light on the problems of homeless youth on the streets, such as housing, education and sexual abuse and the government’s efforts to solve this problem. “We were searching for subjects that hit us in the heart,” Kirsten Kelly, co-creator of Homestretch, […]

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Healthcare staff awarded for treatment of Legionnaires outbreak

By CDCR “In September 2015, San Quentin experienced an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. It could have been deadly to the 5,400 inmates and staff if not for the actions of primary-care providers. Less than two hours after noticing a marked increase in pneumonia cases among patients, these staff exchanged their clinical suspicions,” stated Undersecretary of […]

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CIW Puppy Program Inspires Hope and Love for Female Inmates

By Danielle Barcheers At first glance many people are taken aback by the sight of inmates walking the prison yard at California Institution for Women (CIW) with a dog at their side. “What is going on?” they may wonder. Maybe you have wondered as well? If you are willing to give a few minutes of […]

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Dear Kid CAT

Thank you for the work that you are doing to share your stories and inspire change and hope for youth. As a public school educator working with teens I am heartened to read the San Quentin News and note the myriad ways inmates are using the power of voice and story to reach out to […]

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Proposition 57: THE PUBLIC SAFETY AND REHABILITATION ACT OF 2016

SECTION 1 TITLE This measure shall be known and may be cited as “the Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016.” SEC. 2. PURPOSE AND INTENT In enacting this Act, it is the purpose and intent of the people of the State of California to: 1. Protect and enhance public safety. 2. Save money by […]

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Offenders Earn Employment As Software Engineers Inside San Quentin

By Michele Kane Federal and state-authorized Joint Venture Program allows employment of incarcerated individuals at market wages. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has entered into a Joint Venture agreement with California-based non-profit Turn 2 You, Inc., to employ trained offenders within the walls of San Quentin State Prison. The employed offenders will […]

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