All Articles: Editorial

Barrios Unidos Visits Newsroom

By Arnulfo T. Garcia Editor-in-Chief The founder and executive director of Barrios Unido, Daniel “Nane” Alejandrez, came to San Quentin on July 19 to discuss his commitment to the community, prison and county jail reform, and the California criminal justice system. Alejandrez’s life story is no different from that than many men of color who […]

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Board Hearings and the Truth Behind Closed Doors

By Arnulfo T. Garcia Editor-in-Chief As a journalist, when I do a story profile on an inmate at San Quentin, I first look for individuals who demonstrate a willingness to change. Has he come to terms with and does he understand why he committed his crime? From sitting in circles with men, I have found that […]

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San Quentin News ‘Moves Forward’

By Arnulfo T. Garcia Editor-in-Chief In 2008 Warden Robert Ayers removed San Quentin News from the shelf, dusted it off and put the responsibility of managing the newspaper in the hands of a group of inmates advised by retired professional journalists. In our previous editorial, Steve McNamara wrote about the history of SQ News and […]

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The Impressive Growth of San Quentin News

By Steve McNamara S.Q. News Adviser If you are ever lucky enough to land in San Quentin Prison, walk down the hill to the Lower Yard. Check out the tennis and basketball courts, the baseball field and the drop-dead view of Mt. Tam. Then make your way through the crowd of inmates to the office […]

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Parole Hearings: Where The Truth Won’t Set You Free

By Arnulfo T. Garcia Editor-in-Chief After reading the transcripts of prisoner Duane Edward Holt, it became apparent to me that he is living in an abyss, lost in an enormous black hole with no light. Holt is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder. He never knows when he will be released. At his fourth […]

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Paroled ‘Lifers’ Deserve Drug Diversion

By Arnulfo T. Garcia Editor-in-Chief A decade and a half ago, Californians passed a ballot measure to provide drug offenders with treatment instead of jail time. Recently, a state appeals court clarified Proposition 36, saying addiction treatment must be given, unless the offender poses a danger to the public. The case stems from a parolee […]

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Figuring Out I Was in Fact a Gang Member

By Arnulfo T Garcia Editor-in-Chief At 23 Kim (Al-Ameen) McAdoo of Oakland was arrested for the murder of Tracy Smith and attempted murder of Brian Cole. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. In a book review for Patten College, McAdoo reveals himself as a reckless young gang member who terrorized his community. […]

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Combined Banquet Links S.Q. Print and Broadcast Groups

By William Drummond The San Quentin media community is headed into a new year with a commitment to forge new relationships between the print and broadcast communication entities in the prison. The new communications era was launched informally Dec. 18 in the media building at San Quentin State Prison where print and broadcast practitioners held […]

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The Immigration Muddle

By Arnulfo Garcia, The 2014 elections put both houses of Congress under Republican control. In spite of this, President Barack Obama is using his executive power to ease the pathway to citizenship for the nearly 5 million immigrants who contribute to the U.S. economy. Obama’s speech addressed illegal immigration and the effects that deportation has […]

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Giving Thanks

By Arnulfo T. Garcia Thanks from San Quentin News. November is my third year as Editor-in-Chief of San Quentin News. I am blessed to be involved with so many people of good will. This Thanksgiving season, I give thanks for and to all our friends, supporters, advisers and staff. Through the efforts of our supporters’ […]

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