All Articles: Human Interest

Father and son bond over experiences of San Quentin

By Marcus Henderson Anthony Ammons Sr. and Jr. not only share the same name. They also share the experience of being prisoners in San Quentin State Prison. One in eight African American children has an incarcerated parent. In addition, before the age of 18, one in 10 children who has an incarcerated parent will be […]

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Prisons trying to help fathers re-establish relationships

By Harry C. Goodall Jr. There are 24 million children in America, and one out of three lives without their biological father in the home, the U.S. Census Bureau calculated. When the father is absent it can lead to the following: behavioral problems, abuse and neglect, infant mortality, substance abuse, dropping out of high school, […]

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Victims of sexual abuse speak words of forgiveness

By Rahsaan Thomas Many incarcerated people believe sexual crimes committed against women and children warrant extreme punishments, but two survivors of childhood sexual abuse visited San Quentin State Prison and spoke of therapy as a better solution. Chelsea Miller, who was molested as a child, and Keith DeBlasi, a sex trafficking victim, attended a Restorative […]

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Securus stalls efforts to reduce inmate telephone rates

By Kevin D. Sawyer Regulatory efforts to reduce the price of in-state telephone calls made by inmates were stalled by Securus Technologies, Inc. The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) attempt to cap the rates at no more than $0.31 per minute was stayed by the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit after Securus […]

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CDCR’s new detection system clamps down on cell phones

By Noel Scott Two hundred and seventy-two Cellsense Plus detection systems will be provided to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation by Metrasens and Global Tel*Link in an effort to rid state prisons of inmate-owned cell phones. The Cellsense Plus by Metrasens claims to be the most durable and effective tool in locating cell-phones, […]

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Cycle of incarceration trap mother and son

By Marcus Henderson Devin Cole last saw his mom when he was 2 years old. Then she went to prison. That was 22 years ago, when Alisa “Lee Lee” Stanifer began serving a life sentence at the California Institution for Women (CIW) in Corona. Cole has been wearing denim at San Quentin for a year […]

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Historic Black American’s first achievements

The accomplishments of African-Americans like Martin Luther King and Malcolm X are well known, but history records many African-Americans who also contributed to the progress of Black people in America. Their stories are rarely read or celebrated. Here are some examples from three sources detailing Black history: James Durham overcame being born a slave to […]

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Ali’s battles beyond the ring

By Rahsaan Thomas Muhammad Ali risked going to prison during the prime years of his boxing career to stand up for his beliefs. The fight for equality didn’t end after his last heavyweight match; he dedicated his retirement to continuing the struggle. Ali died on June 3, 2016 at age 74, but his achievements still […]

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Homeless teens forced to choose jail just to get a square meal

By Marcus Henderson Jail or starvation are the hard choices some American teens have to make when facing uncertainty of where their next meal is coming from, the Urban Institute reported in September. Teens spoke about going to jail or failing school, so they could attend summer classes to receive lunches as another means for […]

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Protesters’ vigil at CIW for women who took their own lives

By Marcus Henderson Alarmed by high suicides rates and other alleged abuses at the California Institution for Women (CIW), about 80 people gathered in front of the prison to protest and remember loved ones who took their lives while incarcerated there. Protesters came holding signs, some shaped like coffins, and wearing T-shirts proclaiming the memory […]

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