All Articles: Prison Programs

Project Rebound helps formerly incarcerated gain an education

By Forrest Lee Jones A popular program is helping formerly incarcerated inmates obtain a college education. The program called Project Rebound (PR) is based at San Francisco State University. It has a dramatically impressive success rate, reports Emily DeRuy of The Atlantic. It was started in 1967 by a formerly incarcerated inmate and professor of […]

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Inmate veterans deliver a message to the young

By Juan Haines In the early hours of Nov. 11, several dozen military veterans from all branches of service gathered on a prison yard. Free veterans and people from the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area joined them to pay tribute to this national holiday. Before the guests arrived, incarcerated veterans worked with military precision to […]

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Christmas comes early with VGSQ’s Toys for Tots

By Charles David Henry The 2016 San Quentin’s Toys for Tots program came earlier this year. On Dec. 16 chairman Gary Cooper and members of the Veterans Group of San Quentin (VGSQ) decorated the Christmas tree in the main visiting room and received nearly 400 gifts from the United States Marine Corps Recruitment Center in […]

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Centinela helps incarcerated veterans with ‘The Fight Club’

By Forrest Lee Jones The Fight Club, a Biblically-based program designed to help veterans suffering from PTSD and other psychiatric disorders, came to Centinela State Prison in June. The goal of the program is to see how it can impact prisoner reform, Wayne Hughes wrote in an op-ed for the OC Register. The Fight Club’s […]

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Chowchilla’s cosmetology program for men enhances job prospects

By Noel Scott Valley State Prison in Chowchilla is the only prison in California that offers a cosmetology program for men. It has a 100 percent graduation rate, which is one of the highest rates of any prison education programs in the nation, according to Wash, Rinse, Redeem: A look inside a beauty school — […]

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Tasty graduation for the first class of SQ chefs

By Wayne Boatwright The inaugural graduating class of “The Quentin Cooks” prepared a five-course feast as a worthy finish to the new Culinary Arts Program, a 12-week course on basic culinary knowledge and skills. The course provides practical training from instructors with real-world experience and the chance to earn a ServSafe certification, which is required […]

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Inmate vets pitch in again to help Marines’ Toys for Tots

By John Tidwell San Quentin inmates have collected $688 that will help make Christmas merrier for underprivileged children. For 28 years San Quentin has participated in the Toys for Tots giveaway program sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps with help from the Veterans Group of San Quentin (VGSQ) formerly known as Vietnam Veterans of San […]

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Earth’s main renewable resource? It’s people

By Emile DeWeaver Forty people, damp from rain, gathered in San Quentin’s Protestant Chapel to celebrate what several environmentalists there called the world’s most important natural resource: people. “If you think solar and wind power are the answers to our problems, you’re wrong,” said co-founder Sam Hearnes during his talk about the future of renewable […]

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Joint venture provides opportunity for SQ

By Charles David Henry A new opportunity for paying jobs for San Quentin inmates has been approved by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The job source is a joint venture operated by a company calling itself “Big Dawg” Manufacturing, LLC. The company manufactures refrigeration products. The company will choose from a pool of inmates […]

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Hygiene drive to focus on Homeless Youth Month

By John Lam For the past four years in December, Kid CAT members have walked the tiers of San Quentin asking inmates to donate unused hygienic products or to make monetary donations to benefit homeless children in the Bay Area. “The inspiration for the Hygiene Drive came from our former chairman, Michael Nelson, who was […]

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