Author Archives: San Quentin News Contributer

‘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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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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