Author Archives: San Quentin News Staff

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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Letter to Kid CAT

My name is Jeffrey Hall. I am serving a life without parole sentence at Solano State Prison. I’ve been in prison for 25 years in July. I’ve been reading (Kid CAT Speaks) articles… and I find them intriguing. We have a fair amount of programs here at Solano Level 3, yet I really enjoy your […]

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May 2016 News Briefs

Sacramento, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown granted clemency to 59 people, just before Easter Sunday. Most were convicted of nonviolent drug-related crimes. All of those pardoned have obtained a court certificate declaring that they are now rehabilitated. A gubernatorial pardon may be granted to people who have demonstrated exemplary behavior and have lived productive and law-abiding […]

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CDCR Has Duty to Process Inmate Appeals

San Quentin News A prisoner may petition the court for a writ of mandate to compel the prison system to process his or her administrative appeal, a state appellate court has ruled. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) “is obliged to process disciplinary appeals by the regulations in the California Code of Regulations, […]

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