Author Archives: San Quentin News Contributer

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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Former Jailhouse Lawyer Working Towards Law Degree

By Eugene Alexander Dey Once a jailhouse lawyer, Keith Chandler earned a law degree on May 16 from Lincoln Law School. Chandler was incarcerated for 21 years. He was sentenced to 15 to life for second-degree murder. He was released in 2004 from Folsom State Prison after a federal court ruled that his continued incarceration […]

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor Your staff at the News is doing a great job. A lot of information within the news, we down here at R.J. Donovan never hear about. Perhaps you could give us a correct update on what’s happening at High Desert State Prison. We’ve been totally shut out of information about arrests, etc. We […]

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  In your report (Court Denies Condemned Prisoners’ Rights to Petition for Execution, March, 2016), you state that “more than 900 people have been sentenced to death in the state since 1978; only 13 have been executed.” Actually, 15 have been executed when you include Kelvin Malone, who California extradited to Missouri and executed on […]

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Nurse Raney Dixon’s Retirement

Nurse Raney Dixon retired at the end of December after more than 10 years at San Quentin. Members of the medical staff and co-workers of Dixon had this to say about the retiree: Beverly Allison: Ms. Dixon is a very caring person, and she has really cared about the well-being of the inmates. I have […]

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Appreciation of Knowledge

From Patty: Hello Lt. Robinson, I just wanted to reach out and say I really appreciated the article about Officer Hauwert’s transition. It’s incredibly brave of her to be so open, and I think the author of the article did a good job of reporting on the story in a fair way. I really believe […]

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Bind the Testimony: Book Signing Event

“Imagine sitting in a circle of fifteen men, men dressed in sky blue shirts and navy blue pants that have “CDCR Prisoner” stamped in bold yellow letters down one leg, men of varying ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds, men whose crimes include burglary, kidnapping, and murder. In my wildest imagination, I could not have pictured myself […]

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