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Back in the Day

Selected Stories From Past Issues of The San Quentin News Sept. 17, 1971—Supervisor of Vocational Instruction L.E. Ecke retires after 22 years at San Quentin. Sept. 17, 1971—Factory Clerk Robert L. Higgs was revived by Sewage Plant Supervisor Jack Coughlin and E.R. Mickelson of the plumbing shop after collapsing from smoke inhalation caused by an […]

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Selected Stories From Past Issues of The San Quentin News July 16, 1971— To celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, a fight card hosting seven title bouts was held in San Quentin’s Skyline Gym. July 23, 1971— Officer L. G. Davis, 38, was fatally stabbed in Newmiller Hospital (the old San Quentin hospital) during an […]

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Selected Stories From Past Issues of The San Quentin News NOV. 28, 1980 – The Catholic Chapel played host Saturday to two local Christian bands. Appearing were the Emmanuel Group from the San Jose area and Infinity from Oakland. NOV. 28, 1980 – A shot was fired in the East Block to break up a […]

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SEPT. 19, 1980 – Coyote Park, the mini-park of trees and foliage located on the lower yard, has been laid bare by order of Warden George Sumner due to last week’s stabbing incident. There have been three stabbings in the past two years in this area. NOV. 14, 1980 – James Dance, 32, from Santa […]

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JULY 4, 1980 – Three shots were fired on the C-Section yard to break up a fight between three convicts. One con was injured by birdshot, while another suffered a broken jaw, according to Mike Madding, prison spokesperson. JULY 4, 1980 – Following a bloody riot in Feb. at the New Mexico State Penitentiary, 13 […]

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OCT. 22, 1982 – An inmate attempting to scale a fence in the Badger Section exercise yard was shot in the back Oct. 7. The inmate was shot once with a shotgun, fell from the fence, then again climbed the fence. The con was then shot twice with a mini-14 before again falling to the […]

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 Selected Stories From Past Issues of The San Quentin News NOV. 23, 1979 – After a four-month suspension of publication mandated by the warden, the S.Q. News has resumed production. The newspaper staff had been accused by administration officials of slanting the news. The resumption of publication was brought about, in part, by the filing […]

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Selected Stories From Past Issues of The San Quentin News JUNE 11, 1982 – A lawsuit filed on behalf of inmates by the Prison Law Office has temporarily blocked CDC officials from implementing their Work Training Incentive Program. Inmates claim the plan provides no incentive to work, and is merely a means to deprive inmates […]

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Selected Stories From Past Issues of The San Quentin News FEB. 12, 1982 –The first annual bodybuilding and powerlifting contest was held in S.Q.’s Skyline Gym. 15 “self–endowed, muscular cons presented their bulging physiques” to a panel of five female judges. Several hundred cons packed into the gym to witness the “unparalleled display of sheer […]

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July 2011 News Briefs

SACRAMENTO – More than 10,000 offenders are serving their sentences in private prisons outside of California, in four states. That number could grow to 15,000 by 2013. The transfers were ordered in an October 2006 state of emergency proclamation signed by then Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who said the action was necessary “to prevent death and […]

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