Author Archives: San Quentin News Contributer

History of women in the Department of Corrections on both sides of the law

By Don Chaddock Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a two-part story looking at the history of women in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) as correctional officers (CO). It is also part of the ongoing series examining the history of the department. Today, thousands of women fill the ranks of […]

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Construction program graduates 15 women inmates

By Lt. Michael Dunn The Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) and the Inmate Ward Labor (IWL) successfully graduated 15 inmates in the offender pre-apprenticeship program. The program consisted of a 30-week classroom component along with 40-hours a week of on-the-job construction training. Eligible inmates must have a high school diploma, or be in the process […]

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Letters To The Editor

Editor: The January 2017 book review of Hannah Arendt’s book regarding Adolf Eichmann was going well until the senior editor began spouting off about the president of the United States of America. This leads us to believe that the senior editor is a member of the third and unofficial national political party, “The Mediacratic Party.” […]

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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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CIW accredits 25 CTE graduates

By Allie Powell CDCR Public Information Officer, and Michele Kane, Chief of External Affairs, CALPIA Twenty-five female inmates beam with pride as they entered the auditorium to a thunderous round of applause from prison leaders, staff, family members, and fellow inmates. On this December afternoon, these women are looked at, not as inmates inside the […]

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New CDCR regulations proposal

These regulations have not been certified for emergency adoption by the Office of Administrative Law  yet and therefore haven’t been noticed to the public for public comment yet. They are posted by OAL for 10 days and the public may challenge the necessity for the emergency adoption but not the details of the proposed changes themselves. The […]

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Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor: In reading the latest edition of the San Quentin News (December 2016), there is an article in the MAC Corner, “SQ’s television signal gets an upgrade.” We do not know what television the author of the article was watching, but the signal in West Block is not as described in the article in […]

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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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