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Man found innocent after 19 years

By Rahsaan Thomas While serving 75 years to life for a robbery he didn’t commit, Guy Miles missed seeing his children grow up, the birth of his grandkids and the death of family members. Throughout the whole time, he has professed his innocence to the courts, various innocence projects and fellow prisoners. The courts overturned […]

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Native Americans’ 50 years of struggle

By Marcus Henderson The San Quentin Native American community is celebrating 50 years of campaigning to protect and preserve their culture. Plans are underway to have another of the Native American Spiritual Group’s Pow Wows later this year. The Pow Wow is only one part of a larger set of activities, which includes honoring elders […]

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CALPIA’s Pattillo explains the options of prison job training

By Juan Haines The jobs inmates do in California’s prisons are diverse, and they demand skills that can be used in the outside workforce, according to Charles Pattillo, General Manager of the California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA). Over the years, CALPIA has expanded from making license plates to producing a wide variety of different products […]

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Pope Francis supports clemency

By Miguel Sifuentes In early November, Pope Francis appealed to world governments to mark the end of the Year of Mercy by extending clemency to deserving inmates, according to the National Catholic Reporter. “Every time I visit a prison, I ask myself: ‘Why them and not me?’ We can all make mistakes, all of us. […]

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Veterans pay tribute to Mary Donovan

By Tommy Bryant San Quentin paid tribute to Mary Donovan for her dedication to veterans programs. Donovan is an inspirational beacon for many incarcerated veterans who are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She has played a critical role in the volunteer team that has helped build the Veterans Healing Veterans from the Inside Out […]

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San Quentin News hosts nationwide DA forum

By Juan Haines San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, joined by more than two dozen prosecutors from around the country, visited San Quentin to discuss criminal justice policy with 30 inmates participating in restorative justice programs. “Our job does not end when the person we convict goes to prison, said Baltimore, MD, State’s Attorney Marilyn […]

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Celebrating Black history month

By Marcus Henderson Arthur “Rube” Foster holds an honored place in Black sports history, but most people know nothing about him. “He was a shrewd, determined businessman with superior organization skills,” wrote William C. Rhoden, author of a book titled Forty Million Dollar Slaves. Unlike Jackie Robinson, his goal wasn’t to become the first Black […]

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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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