Author Archives: Wayne Boatwright

Italy’s rehabilitation method: public interaction

By Wayne Boatwright Italian-style rehabilitation includes public interaction with prisoners to change attitudes about the incarcerated.  And that’s served up with risotto and amuse-bouche dishes of cheese mousse with mustard, curry and dill, according to a March 2016 article in The New York Times. Italy is facing the same challenges as California with prison over-crowding. […]

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Factores que incrementan o disminuyen las posibilidades en la “tabla”

Por Wayne Boatwright Recientes cambios legales y en materia de regulación, han incrementado las posibilidades  de los presos, cumpliendo una sentencia de vida, a obtener su libertad condicional. El período de “duros con el crimen” (tough on crime) implementado en California en décadas pasadas, se podría comparar con un juego de fútbol. En este deporte […]

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La tasa de concesión de libertad condicional continua incrementando

En California existen aproximadamente 35,000 presos con sentencias indeterminadas. Por Wayne Boatwright California esta experimentando un aumento en el número de presos que reciben su libertad condicional, informó un Reporte de la Universidad de Stanford. La tasa de concesión de libertad condicional incrementó de un 8 a un 25 por ciento entre los años 2008 […]

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Higher age, fewer write-ups boost parole chances

By Wayne Boatwright Recent legal and regulatory changes have vastly improved the likelihood of an inmate being granted parole. During the past decades of California’s “tough on crime” era it seemed like a soccer game. No one ever seemed to score a parole grant. It was not just the parole board “referees” calling it close. […]

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Estudio examina como los presos pueden mejores oportunidades ante el comité de audiencias

Por Wayne Boatwright Por décadas, los presos con una sentencia de vida difícilmente obtenían su libertad condicional. Actualmente, más del 20% están siendo liberados. Todo esto gracias a los cambios a nivel legal, ejecutivo, y administrativo. La aprobación de la proposición 57 en Noviembre del 2016, permitirá que muchos prisioneros tengan acceso a la libertad […]

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Study explores lifers going before the parole board

By Wayne Boatwright California is releasing more lifers on parole, according to a Stanford University report. Between 2008 and 2015, the parole grant rate increased from 8 to 25 percent for those who appeared before the Parole Board in 2015. “Parole has been viewed increasingly as a means of managing the state prison population,” according […]

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Study explores how lifers get better deal from parole boards

By Wayne Boatwright For decades, lifers were rarely found suitable for parole. Now more than 20 percent are being paroled. Why? Thanks to changes at the legal, executive, as well as an initiative petition and administrative levels. Many more prisoners will now have access to parole because of the passage of Proposition 57 in November […]

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Tasty graduation for the first class of SQ chefs

By Wayne Boatwright The inaugural graduating class of “The Quentin Cooks” prepared a five-course feast as a worthy finish to the new Culinary Arts Program, a 12-week course on basic culinary knowledge and skills. The course provides practical training from instructors with real-world experience and the chance to earn a ServSafe certification, which is required […]

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H-Unit VOEG graduates prepare for survivor panel

By Wayne Boatwright “If you want to change the path of your life, go to VOEG,” said Kevin Thompson, a recent graduate of the Victim Offender Education Group (VOEG) from H-Unit. VOEG is one of a myriad of volunteer-organized rehabilitation programs at California’s San Quentin State Prison.  It meets once a week for two hours […]

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Officers Being Rewarded For Showing Restraint

By Wayne Boatwright More local police departments reward officers for showing restraint in the line of duty, reports Errin Haines Whack for The Associated Press. Following the Justice Department’s recommendation to institute de-escalation tactics after a 2013 increase in police shootings, Philadelphia has honored more than 40 police officers since December 2015 for defusing conflicts […]

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