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White House award to Jody Lewen

By Marcus Henderson As students with makeshift backpacks and see-through plastic folders hustle in and out of an education building, teachers greet their students by name. It is a college campus at San Quentin, where the Prison University Project works to transform inmates from convicts to college students. President Barack Obama recently handed PUP Executive […]

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Golden State Warriors come back to the Lower Yard

By Rahsaan Thomas A parade of Golden State Warriors, including Draymond Green and Kevin Durant, made their fifth annual visit to San Quentin State Prison for fellowship, fun and basketball. Golden State General Manager Bob Myers, Assistant GM Kirk Lacob, and Assistant Coach Willie Green were also among those who marched down the hill leading […]

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SQ Death Row holds poetry slam

By Juan Haines A poetry slam helped 10 condemned men talk about the challenges they face living on San Quentin’s Death Row. They presented poems to prison administrators and custody staff on Sept. 7 and 14. There is a stereotype that “we have no redeeming qualities,” said Clifton Perry, 46. “Although a jury thought this, […]

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‘Artistic talented artists to a packed house

By John Lam Nineteen San Quentin men shared stories, music, dance and acting with a packed chapel audience to demonstrate how art has inspired transformative change and growth in their lives. Packed into wooden pews in the Catholic Chapel were over 200 San Quentin men and 70 outside guests for the event, entitled Artistic Rebirth. […]

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Melissa Davis keeping the community safe on both sides of the law

By Kevin D. Sawyer There is a growing number of individuals working in law enforcement who labor freely, beyond what their profession requires of them, to increase public safety. Meet Melissa Davis, who has been working as one of Marin County’s probation officers for a little more than 12 years. She has a Bachelor of […]

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White House Adviser Visits San Quentin’s Coding Program

By Juan Haines Recently, Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, had a conversation with senior White House Adviser Valerie Jarrett to talk about the public’s benefit from a computer coding program at San Quentin State Prison. “One of the reasons I came here is to learn directly from you the impact this program is having on your […]

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Lt. Gov. Newsom Supports Repealing Death Penalty

By Miguel Sifuentes In late July, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom voiced his support for the ballot measure that would repeal the death penalty in California. Newsom said the policy did not deter crime and was fundamentally immoral. Proposition 62 would abolish a system “that is administered with troubling racial disparities,” he said. “(I)…believe that […]

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Mock Election Draws Huge Turnout

By Juan Haines The men on San Quentin’s Death Row overwhelmingly favor Hillary Clinton for President over Donald Trump. In a mock election, the former secretary of state won 64 percent of the vote, compared to Trump’s 15 percent, and the remainder divided among Libertarian and Green candidates. The election, which captured votes from 107 of […]

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A Look Back at Aly Tamboura’s Legacy and Accomplishments

By Kevin D. Sawyer Earlier this month, Aly Tamboura regained his freedom after 12 years of incarceration for assault. To say he is rehabilitated would be an understatement because, as it is sometimes said, “all felons are not created equally.” Tamboura, 50, did not serve a life sentence, so he could have sat around, done […]

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How LVN Magnolia Datu Learned That Crying Is Against the Rules

By Emile DeWeaver Courage is many things. Sometimes it’s facing your prejudices to discover there’s nothing to fear; sometimes it’s joking when you are hemmed in by razor wire and regulations; and sometimes it’s finding other ways to cry when crying over the suffering of another human being is against the rules. Magnolia Datu’s job […]

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