Author Archives: San Quentin News Staff

News Briefs

Sacramento – The wardens at two California women’s prisons have retired as allegations of sexual abuse, suicides, unneeded force, derogatory names and retaliations against inmates who complained as well as staged fights are being investigated, The Associated Press reports. CDCR told the AP that the Secretary is committed to making necessary changes at both prisons. […]

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Lions Club Honors Folsom’s Knitting and Crocheting Program

By Staff Report Hooks and Needles, a charitable crocheting and knitting program at Folsom State Prison (FSP), has been honored as the Small Club Project of the Year for all Lions Club projects in California. The program, which began in 2011, is an inmate leisure time activity group, with the purpose to develop, design and […]

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August 2016 News Briefs

San Francisco— San Francisco State University will lead a statewide effort to expand college access for formerly incarcerated individuals, the university announced June 17. Seven California State University campuses — Bakersfield, Fresno, Fullerton, Pomona, Sacramento, San Bernardino and San Diego — will establish programs modeled after SF State’s Project Rebound. Established in 1967 by the late […]

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Inmates Showcase Musical Talents at Recital

San Quentin News Inmate pianists and guitarists performed in a recital: Dancing with the Keys plus Bach, Beethoven and The Blues. San Quentin State Prison’s Catholic Chapel hosted the March 20 event for about 45 inmates and outside guests as students from the Arts-in-Corrections piano and guitar class displayed their talents. “Most students didn’t read […]

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July 2016 News Briefs

Honolulu, Hawaii — An inmate serving time in a private prison in Arizona has filed a lawsuit over the prison system’s policy requiring all mail to and from inmates to be written in English, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports. The English-only mail policy prohibits prisoners from receiving letters written in Hawaiian and unduly burdens communications between […]

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Celebrating 2016 Day of Peace

By Juan Haines and Miguel Quezada San Quentin News Staff More than 400 inmates and about two dozen Bay Area volunteers mingled on San Quentin’s Lower Yard at the annual Day of Peace celebration to showcase the various self-help programs available at the prison. The May 7 event recognized the late Audrey Auld who performed at […]

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CDCR’s New Press Secretary Visits SQ

Vicky Waters, the new California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) press secretary, toured San Quentin. Lt. S. Robinson, Public Information Officer, gave Waters a tour of the prison’s new Central Health Services Building, one of the general population units, Death Row and the media center. “Her choosing San Quentin as the first prison to […]

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Dear Kid CAT

Dear Kid CAT Hello, my name is William Jones. I’m a 49-year-old lifer doing seven to life plus three years for attempted murder in 1988. I’m writing in regards to my quest to help our youth at risk and give my voice to that cause. I’m currently at Centinela State Prison and a facilitator for […]

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June 2016 News Briefs

San Quentin – Bernard L. Hamilton, 64, a Death Row inmate, died of natural causes on March 28. Hamilton was sentenced to death on March 2, 1981, for a second-degree burglary and first-degree murder in 1979. There are 747 inmates on Death Row. Lincoln, Neb. – The state’s corrections director asked India-based Harris Pharma LLP […]

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Amala Walk Unites Prisoners for Peace Summit

By Juan Haines and Miguel Quezada Amala, a youth organization that holds worldwide peace summits, came to San Quentin State Prison on May Day to work on ways to improve communication and community-building skills for traumatized children. The Amala Walk was the first event prisoner Jim Kitlas has attended since arriving at San Quentin from […]

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