Author Archives: Wesley Eisiminger

Jamie Lindsey establishes All Faith Religious Grounds

By Wesley Eisiminger A new religious site for Odinists, called the All Faith Religious Grounds, is now open at San Quentin. Jamie Lindsey said he is a well-known and outspoken spokesman for the Odinists, known by both the prisoners and correctional officers. When Lindsey first arrived at San Quentin in March 2013, there were no […]

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SQ Mural Artists Work to Beautify the Prison

By Wesley Eisiminger San Quentin artists say they enjoy beautifying the prison with their talents. Their latest project is to create 16 huge mural panels for one of the prison’s dining halls. Each panel measures 7 feet high and 4 feet wide. The finished mural will be 64 feet long. “I’ve been at San Quentin […]

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Groundskeepers Find Their Work Therapeutic

By Wesley R. Eisiminger San Quentin State Prison has very beautiful gardens, the inmate caretakers say. “I enjoy working on the garden,” said Frank Smith, who is the lead man of four groundskeepers for a garden near the prison’s entrance. Smith said he’s been doing this job for five years to make it a place […]

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Master Cabinetmaker Applies Skills 20 Years Later

By Wesley R. Eisiminger Staff Writer San Quentin now has a master cabinetmaker who has worked on many special cabinetry projects for the prison. Inmate Jerome K. Vernon said, “I have been here at San Quentin only about one and half years. I came from Old Folsom and this is the first time in 20 […]

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“Brown Proclaims ‘Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day’”

By Wesley Eisiminger Staff Writer After the end of the Vietnam War, veterans of that war have finally received a welcome home. Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. has proclaimed March 30 “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day,” according to the Zephyr, a veterans publication. Nearly three and a half million Americans served in the United States […]

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Naturally Talented Artist Began While Incarcerated

By Wesley Eisiminger Staff Writer Bruce Fowler turns his natural talent in drawing and painting into magnificent works of art. Fowler said he started drawing 16 years ago doing pencil drawings of seascapes when he was in a county jail. He never went to any class on drawing or paintings. “When I came to San […]

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18 SQ Students Graduate from Scripture Study

By Wesley Eisiminger Staff Writer Eighteen students have graduated from the First Step Bible class, a 10-week program of Holy Scripture study at the San Quentin Protestant Chapel. It was the first phase of a 12-month program aimed at preparing the students to become ministers. The initial classes cover introductions to the Old Testament and […]

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Court Ruled Ex-Felons’ Rights Violated Under Prop. 36

By Wesley R. Eisiminger Staff Writer Putting ex-felons in county jails for using drugs while on supervised release is in violation of Proposition 36, a state court has ruled. The decision by the 4th District Court of Appeals in Santa Ana does not affect the central provision of the Realignment law, which sends lower-level felons […]

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Volunteers Honored at Christmas Banquet

By Wesley Eisiminger Staff Writer More than 300 people packed the San Quentin Protestant Chapel for a Christmas season banquet to honor some 50 volunteers from 16 churches who support the prisoners during the year. The annual banquet, held Dec. 12, featured a feast of turkey and chicken, potato salad, macaroni salad, pizza, cake and […]

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‘Es Tiempo de Cerrar Estas Carceles’

Por Wesley R. Eisiminger Editor de Equipo de Trabajo Un congresista al visitar una prisión de inmigración, menciono que la encontró en pésimas condiciones e hizo un llamado para que se efectúen grandes cambios de como América debe tratar a los indocumentados. “Es tiempo de cerrar estas prisiones y ofrecer un trato digno a las […]

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