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Prosecutors visit SQ News seeking answers to public safety

By Juan Haines A team of San Francisco’s leading prosecutors came into San Quentin on Dec. 16, seeking answers to very tough questions about public safety and got eye-opening answers from the kind of people they have convicted and sent to prison. A large part of the solution is curbing criminal behavior in children before […]

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Writers take guests on emotional journey

By Eddie Herena Stories by incarcerated writers swept members of the outside community into a world behind prison walls. Sponsored by the William James Association’s Prison Arts Project, the reading was an opportunity for the incarcerated writers of San Quentin to share their work. Many of their stories articulated personal struggles within the criminal justice […]

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A journey to freedom filled with pain and survival

By Arnulfo T. Garcia After serving nearly 30 years behind bars, Duane Holt was a changed man who convinced a parole board that he was no longer a danger to public safety. Holt’s journey to freedom was not easy. He was diagnosed with cancer in January. The possibility of dying in prison was a reality […]

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Inmates preview job opportunities thanks to an Employment Readiness Seminar

By Kevin D. Sawyer A group of San Quentin prisoners got a preview of job opportunities when they are released, thanks to an Employment Readiness Seminar. Thirty-six inmates and 33 outside guests attended the December event, the latest of four job seminars held in the past two years. “We prepare men for jobs,” said Diana […]

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Mock crash but a real inmate jolts high school students

By Krissi Khokhobashvili When Kaitlin Bennett got behind the wheel of her car after having drinks with a friend in 2012, she didn’t know her decision would have devastating effects. Speeding and running a red light, she crashed into a vehicle carrying five teenagers. A few were ejected and suffered major injuries. Bennett woke up […]

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Rehabilitation begins with communication

By Scott Kernan Inmate Tyrone Hilton stood in the cell with the heavy porcelain sink in his mammoth hands. He stood 6-foot-7-inches tall, weighed 295 pounds and his muscles bulged from years of pumping iron on the prison yard. A blanket draped the open cell front and deterred direct observation into the cell. The guards […]

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San Quentin podcast wins international contest

By Rahsaan Thomas A podcast, produced inside San Quentin Prison, won an international contest, beating out more than 1,500 other entries from 48 countries. The judges were persuaded by stories about living in solitary confinement for 26 years, taking care of pets in prison and a former gang member talking about misguided loyalty. The podcast […]

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President-Elect Trump’s historical upset shocks nation

By Juan Haines For the fifth time in American history, the presidential candidate who won the popular vote will not be occupying The Oval Office. The populist, Donald J. Trump, astounded nearly every political pundit by breaking down what was perceived by Democrats and mainstream media to be a firewall of secure states for Hillary […]

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Prisoners save correctional officer’s life

By Arnulfo T. Garcia A man is choking on a piece of meat in his throat. Three onlookers see him in distress, and they come to his rescue. What makes this scenario unusual is that the stricken man was a San Quentin correctional officer, and the rescuers were three prisoners, each serving life terms for […]

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California legalizes recreational use of marijuana for adults

By Emile DeWeaver California’s Proposition 64 passed overwhelmingly, legalizing recreational use of marijuana for adults who are at least 21 years old. California residents and visitors may legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana and up to six marijuana plants, though users can be fined for smoking in public, reported NBC News. Despite the […]

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