All Articles: Asked On The Line

What is your mother’s most interesting characteristic?

By Angelo Falcone In the United States, Mother’s Day is always on the second Sunday of May, but in countries like Mexico, Mother’s Day is always on May 10, regardless of the day of the week. The diversity of the men in blue and their deep love for the women who raised them means that […]

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What are the most popular ways to eat an egg?

By Angelo Falcone It’s Easter and America’s love affair with eggs has many eating colored eggs. Egg production is a billion-dollar industry. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, during one month in 2016, the United States egg production was 7.51 billion eggs by approximately 305 million hens.  Not only are eggs big business, they […]

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Women’s History Month prompts answers to ‘Who’s the greatest?’

By Angelo Falcone Among other celebrations and observations, March is Women’s History Month. In honor of women, “Asked On The Line” approached mainliners and inquired, “Who do you think is the greatest woman in history? Name a woman you know whom you admire and respect.” M. Jones: “I think the greatest woman in history is […]

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Exciting experiences for the palate

By Angelo Falcone A popular social activity on Valentine’s Day is the romantic dinner. Introducing our palates to new and exotic foods can be fun and make a lasting impression. For many, fast food or being cheap is not an option — especially if it’s a first date. Many individuals brush up on a foreign […]

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‘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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