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SQ’s television signal gets an upgrade

The men in blue now have a wide variety of television channels available for their viewing pleasure just in time for the holidays — and football season. After several years of complaints about the unreliable and fluctuating television signals and many meetings and proposals about upgrading to cable television, the San Quentin administration purchased new […]

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Q & A With MAC Executives

By Angelo Falcone Many of the men on the mainline know MAC President Johnson and Vice-president Alvarez. However, here is an introduction to the other four men who serve on the MAC Executive Body: Executive Secretary Matthew Nguyen, Parliamentarian Darryl Hill, H-Unit Senior Advisor Willie Thompson, and Sergeant at Arms Nicola Bucci. After being elected to […]

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New Legislation Changes Inmates’ Family-Visiting Policy

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation changing a number of rules affecting visitation of prison inmates. Senate Bill 843 was signed June 27. Among several dozen amendments and additions to existing state law, the new law affirms that when the Legislature and governor amend regulations affecting visitation of inmates, they must “recognize and consider, […]

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New Executive Body is Confirmed

By Angelo Falcone After two elections, there are many new faces within the Men’s Advisory Council (MAC), and recently, new confirmations to the Executive Body took place. New arrivals to the mainline have been asking, “Who are the MAC Representatives at San Quentin?” After MAC elections in December 2015 and March 2016, there are now […]

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San Quentin’s Legal Mail Log Procedures

The federal and state constitution guarantee inmates the ability to bring their cases to court. However, most of them do so without lawyers. It is important for inmates to keep track of what court papers are sent and received to and from court. All of this tracking is done by mail. Mail going to the court […]

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Inmate Computer Usage For Laudatory Chronos

By Angelo Falcone Journalism Guild Writer Updated security protocols will affect all inmate workers and clerks who use computers as well as inmate workers with pay numbers. In a meeting with Chief Deputy Warden Kelly Mitchell, the MAC Executive Council learned that all computers for inmate use must be modified, tasks involving chronos and waiting […]

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What You Need to Know About Your Laudatory 128-B Chronos

A Correctional Counselor (CC1) may not receive general or laudatory chronos (form 128-B) and certificates from inmates. Those documents must be submitted directly to the Records Department by the program sponsors. “This has always been the rule,” said General Population Associate Warden J. Lawson. “The staff sponsors or volunteer sponsors must submit the chronos or […]

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MAC Representatives And What They Do

By Angelo Falcone Journalism Guild Writer An elected group of inmates compose the Men’s Advisory Council, given the job of protecting the rights of fellow prisoners. The council, best known as MAC, is established under provisions of Title 15 and the Department of Operation Manual, the basic rules and policies for the California Department of […]

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Explaining Our Principal Roles

By Sam W. Johnson Sr. The Men’s Advisory Council (MAC) is a group of inmates elected by the general inmate population at San Quentin. They act in an advisory capacity while communicating on issues of common interest to prison administrators and inmates. One of the MAC’s principal goals is developing a working relationship between inmates […]

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The Men’s Advisory Council

By Richard Richardson EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN EXPLAINS ITS FUNCTION When California prisoners have a general problem, the first stop is usually with somebody like Sam W. Johnson Sr., executive chairman of the San Quentin Men’s Advisory Council. MAC’s job is “to advise and communicate with the warden and other staff those matters of common interest and […]

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