All Articles: Editorial

The history and accomplishment of Black Americans

By Richard “Bonaru” Richardson Slavery underlies the history of Blacks in America. Though many people would rather forget it ever existed, slavery walked down American history as soon as the country was settled.  Slavery was abolished under the 13th Amendment, with one exception: felony conviction. The first colony to consider slavery a legal institution was […]

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Finding Solutions for Today’s Tragedies in the Community

By Richard “Bonaru” Richardson A young Black woman touring San Quentin questioned a group of prisoners with tears in her eyes. “Aren’t you guys mad at what’s going on out there between the police and communities?” I dropped my head in humiliation because I had no answer. I was speechless. I stood staring at the […]

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Working Together Towards a Brighter Future

By Richard “Bonaru” Richardson Editor-in-ChiefI arrived at San Quentin State Prison in 2007 from Soledad along with 20 other prisoners. It wasn’t 24 hours before we were called to the lieutenant’s office and warned, “San Quentin is not your average prison, and we don’t need trouble makers like you guys here.” Being a Black man, […]

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CDCR’s Answer to Mental Issues and Suicide

Dr. Timothy Belavich answered San Quentin News questions last December about the delivery of health care services to prisoners. Dr. Belavich was formerly acting director of the Division of Health Care Services and deputy director of the Statewide Mental Health Program. He is now employed by Los Angeles County. In previous editions San Quentin News […]

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Reforming Our Way of Thinking

R. Malik Harris Editor-in-Chief Governor Jerry Brown is backing an initiative titled “The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016.”. The initiative changes the way juveniles are charged in adult court and will, potentially, have a drastic effect on adult sentencing. There is a debate about the impact this initiative will actually have if it […]

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Editor-in-Chief Steps Aside to Pursue Other Dreams

By Arnulfo T. Garcia Executive Editor In 2011 I was asked to step into the shoes of Editor-in-Chief; a job that I knew was going to be difficult, but former Editor-in-Chief Michael Harris had confidence that I could do the job. Until then, I had run from all my problems, afraid to face the unknown. […]

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America’s Prisons Need To Focus On Healing, Education and Training

By Arnulfo T. Garcia Editor-in-Chief Prison is designed to break you, not to make you better. Our prison system takes people who have had traumatic lives and puts them in circumstances that expose them to even more trauma—like living in a cage with a stranger or being subjected to riots or having live ammunition fired […]

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New System Designed to Better Monitor Patient Care

In December, Dr. Timothy Belavich answered San Quentin News questions about the delivery of health care services to prisoners. Belavich was formerly acting director of the Division of Health Care Services and deputy director of Statewide Mental Health Program. He is now employed by Los Angeles County. Dr. Belavich’s answers will be published as a series in the next several editions of the San Quentin News under the headings […]

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Reaching Beyond the Future and Walls of San Quentin

By Arnulfo T. Garcia Editor-in-Chief As we reflect upon a year’s worth of hard work, the writers of San Quentin News renew their commitment to the state’s prison population. We recognize that finding a solution to California’s reliance on mass incarceration is a mission that both our staff and readers must take seriously. The vision […]

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‘Dignity and Human Rights of the Mexican People’

By Miguel Quezada For many Americans, Mexico is the neighbor where college kids spend their spring break and where tequila originates. Many Americans still believe that Mexico gained independence on 5 De Mayo and that California, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona – with the exception of Texas, Remember the Alamo!—have always been a part of the […]

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