All Articles: Human Interest

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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Straight talk from women at SQ’s ‘Sister, I’m Sorry’ event

Dozens of San Quentin prisoners listened intently as seven women described their own experiences surviving horrific crimes including rape, incest, abandonment and domestic violence. During the panel discussion Nov. 12 in the Protestant Garden Chapel, the men received a dose of straight talk and a reality check on the hidden pains of women. Darell “Obadiah” […]

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Christmas banquet shows appreciation for the volunteers

By Marcus Henderson More than 250 prisoners filled the San Quentin Garden Chapel to show appreciation for the tireless work of it volunteers at its 2016 Annual Christmas Banquet. The theme of the event was “I was in prison and you visited me,” quoting Jesus Christ from the Bible, Matthew 25:36. The chapel was decorated […]

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Albergues de apoyo para ex-convictos repatriados

Por Marco Villa y Taré Beltranchuc Los presidiarios de nacio-nalidad mexicana, al cumplir sus condenas y ser deporta-dos a México, serán recibidos por el Instituto Nacional de Migración de la frontera. Es-tas autoridades procesaran su ingreso a territorio nacional y les ofrecerán un albergue y una llamada telefónica. Así mismo, se les ofrecerá un descuento […]

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San Joaquin offers free tattoo removal for a better future

By Harry Goodall Jr. “People say it’s like bacon, hot greasy bacon touching your skin” said nurse Chris Bendinelli. He was describing the pain of tattoo removal. Dozens of people stood in line for a free tattoo removal program at El Concilio clinic a few months ago. The program is sponsored by the San Joaquin […]

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Dreamers fearful of deportation with President Trump

President-elect Trump causes immigrant “dreamers” to be fearful of deportation, according to a Texas newspaper. The young, undocumented immigrants, granted relief from deportation under President Barack Obama’s 2012 executive order, are “freaking out” because of Donald Trump, the Texas Tribune reported. During “his smash-talking presidential run,” Trump promised to wipe away the order with a […]

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