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Selected Stories From Past Issues of The San Quentin News JUNE 1981 – The prison bake shop has immediate openings for experienced bakers. Pay ranges from $14 to $21. JUNE 1981 – At Deuel Vocational Institute a race riot between black and white inmates broke out at lunch in the chow hall, injuring six convicts […]

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Selected Stories From Past Issues of The San Quentin News MAY 1981 – Approximately 200 law students from area colleges attended the Warden’s Tour and Banquet Apr. 11. The tours, conducted once a month in March through October, were started during the tenure of Warden Clinton Duffy (1940–51) as an effort to increase the public’s […]

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Selected Stories From Past Issues of The San Quentin News APRIL 1981 – Correctional Officer Gerald Riley, 26, was seriously injured after being stabbed in the chest with a 36-inch, spear-like weapon while working in the adjustment center. The weapon was made of rolled up newspapers with a five–inch knife attached to the tip. The […]

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Selected Stories From Past Issues of The San Quentin News MAR. 1981 – The San Quentin News reports that the price of first–class stamps will go up to 18 cents on March 22, while post cards will increase to 12 cents. MAR. 1981 – All available correctional officers converged on the East Block for a […]

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FEB. 1981 – A total of six shots were required to break up a fight between two cons. During the altercation a correctional sergeant who had run to the scene was struck in the face by an inmate in the crowd that had gathered to watch the fight. FEB. 1981 – It was a busy […]

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DEC. 1980 – David Lee Moore, 28, from Alameda, was found hanging from the bars by his bed sheets in his condemned row cell. He was pronounced dead at that time, according to prison information officer Mike Madding. DEC. 1980 – A shot was fired in the East Block yardside to break up a fracas […]

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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 brawn.” MAR. 12, 1982 – The gunman in the South […]

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Selected Stories From Past Issues of the San Quentin News AUG. 1980 – Two rows of over 50 motorcycles from panheads to knuckleheads, 74s and three–wheelers, lined the lower yard for the 1980 Motorcycle Show. Providing the entertainment was the Bay Area country-bluegrass band Good ol’ Persons and the Norton Buffalo Band, among others. AUG. […]

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 Selected Stories From Back Issues Of The San Quentin News AUG. 1980 – Two warning shots were fired to break up an altercation between two white inmates on C-Section yard. Meanwhile, in the North Block, seven shots were fired to break up a fight between four white convicts. One con received lacerations to the head […]

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Back in the Day – Selected Stories From Back Issues Of The San Quentin News

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE – As of Jan. 31, 1980, 98.2 percent of prison escapees for the years 1945 through 1978 have been apprehended. The rate for women escapees for those same years was 96.6 percent. JUNE 13, 1980 – Ranch inmate Fred Bunker, 33, from San Bernardino County, received a deep cut on his forearm during […]

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