All Articles: Asked On The Line

‘My mother’ and ‘the Pope’ top list of best persons to visit

By Angelo Falcone A visit from family or friend is the most valued and anticipated occurrence in San Quentin. According to prison regulations, it is recognized as “a means of increasing safety in prisons, maintaining family and community connections, and preparing inmates for successful release and rehabilitation.” “Asked on the Line” asked the men in […]

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Remembering favorite foods of past Thanksgivings

By Angelo Falcone Every year, Thanksgiving lands on the fourth Thursday of November. Thanksgiving Day is one of the holidays that most men in blue especially miss celebrating with their families. “Asked on the Line” made random informal inquiries of mainliners and asked: What do you love to eat for Thanksgiving Day? Before you were […]

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What Is Your Stance on the National Anthem?

By Angelo Falcone Many of the men in blue say they would remain seated during the National Anthem. Like a small but growing number of professional athletes refusing to stand for the national anthem, mainliners have expressed similar views of the criminal justice system. “Asked on the Line” conducted an informal survey with four questions. […]

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Inmates Speaks on Their Educational Goals and Degrees

By Angelo Falcone In U.S. academia, most school years begin in the month of September. “Asked on the Line” made an informal inquiry of men on the mainline and asked, “If you had the time, money or resources and you could study for and earn any type of college degree, what would it be?” Alex […]

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Questionable Convictions Result from Zealous Prosecutors

By Angelo Falcone There are many state prisoners serving time in prison for crimes they did not commit. Often they were either wrongly convicted or “overcharged” by prosecutors with more severe crimes than of which they are guilty. For instance, prosecutors overcharge defendants with murder instead of manslaughter or attempted murder instead of assault and […]

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Looking Back at the Last Five Years

By Angelo Falcone Journalism Guild Writer“Asked on the Line” or AOTL, has reached its five-year milestone. In March 2011, the editors of the San Quentin News (SQN) decided to start a regular column to collect and share the thoughts, opinions, and memories of the residents inside San Quentin. Editors appointed a member of the Journalism […]

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Heroic Traits Learned From Father or Father Figures

By Angelo Falcone Journalism Guild Writer Father’s Day is always the third Sunday of June. It is a day set aside in honor of fathers. Webster’s New World College Dictionary states–among 12 noun definitions—that father is “a person regarded as a male parent; protector.” Among the five transitive verb definitions, to be a father is […]

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Type of Flowers Sent to Loved Ones

By Angelo Falcone Journalism Guild Writer “April showers bring May flowers,” but what type of flowers would the men in blue send to their loved ones? And in what color? No one flower or color stood out. Sam Johnson: “I would send my wife long-stem black roses. I know they are actually very dark blue […]

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How Would You Like to Spend Your Time in Prison?

By Angelo Falcone Journalism Guild Writer March is the second of seven months with 31 days. This year, March has five Tuesdays, five Wednesdays and five Thursdays. Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 13, and spring begins on Sunday, March 20. For members of the Christian community, St. Patrick’s Day is on Thursday, March […]

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February Highlights Love, Presidents and Black History

By Angelo Falcone Journalism Guild Writer Valentine’s Day is the special day in February when people send greeting cards called “Valentines” to their sweethearts, friends, and members of their families, all in the name of love, according to the World Book Encyclopedia,. But what is love? Who is Valentine? In the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “love” is […]

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