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Watani Leaves San Quentin Again…This Time It’s Legit

By Arnulfo T. Garcia Editor-in-Chief One of the few men ever to escape San Quentin State Prison walked out legitimately this time, after a long stint in the same prison. In 1974, Watani Stiner fled the U.S. and lived as a fugitive in South America for the next two decades before turning himself into U.S. […]

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Nurse Raney Dixon’s Retirement

Nurse Raney Dixon retired at the end of December after more than 10 years at San Quentin. Members of the medical staff and co-workers of Dixon had this to say about the retiree: Beverly Allison: Ms. Dixon is a very caring person, and she has really cared about the well-being of the inmates. I have […]

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Obituary: Honoring the Life Of Russell Mefford

Russell Mefford died of cancer at 6:57 p.m. on Aug. 22. His devoted wife, Denise, lost a husband. His three sons – Andrew, Austin and Adrian – lost a father. His family lost a member. “As a result of Russell’s death, San Quentin will be a less happy place,” Michael Wolke said. Wolke said he […]

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Free After Spending More Than 30 Years Behind Bars

By Tommy Winfrey David Basile walked outside the walls of San Quentin on June 3, a free man after more than 30 years of incarceration. Convicted of first-degree murder in Santa Clara County, Basile acknowledges that the road to freedom has been full of obstacles of his own making. “I began to use illegal drugs […]

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Wrongful Identification Still Haunts Inmate Guy Miles

By JulianGlenn Padgett According to court papers, there is strong evidence that San Quentin inmate Guy Miles has been incarcerated for 16 years for crimes based upon a wrongful identification. Years after his conviction, the Innocence Project lawyers report they uncovered the actual perpetrators of the robbery: Bernard Teamer, Jason Steward and Harold Bailey. “Steward […]

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National Science Foundation Honors Ashley Schappell

By Jarvis Juvan Clark The National Science Foundation has honored a renowned psychologist who once taught college classes at San Quentin by awarding her $25,000 to research how violence affects inmates during incarceration. Counseling and treatment for victims of prison violence should begin during their incarceration, and once released, community support services should give aftercare, […]

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Remembering the Life of Mark Titch

By Raphael Calix Mark Titch passed away on April 22 after being hospitalized for 11 days. Titch was scheduled to appear before the parole board May 14 for the ninth time. The cause of his death is not yet known. “It takes two months before the official cause of death is reported,” said Chief Medical […]

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Jonathan ‘Smiley’ Wilkerson Transitions Back To Society After More Than Three Decades

By JulianGlenn Padgett San Quentin’s Jonathan Wilkerson went from the juvenile system to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and now after more than three decades of incarceration he is paroling to a new life. “You think through the years that you may not get out. That thought crushes you. Then it hits your […]

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Pianist Sarah Cahill Honors Former San Quentin Inmate With a Concert in the Protestant Chapel

By Kevin D. Sawyer A concert honoring former San Quentin inmate Henry Cowell drew an eclectic crowd of inmates and outside visitors to San Quentin’s Protestant Chapel. Performers included concert pianist Sarah Cahill and the Ives String Quartet. Cowell “was very prolific for a person who only had one hour a week to play the […]

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Michael Endres Finds Many Ways to Do His Time

By Boston Woodard In prison, there are many ways to pass time. Staying busy is one way to redirect the boredom of incarceration into something that leads to peace of mind. There is one person at San Quentin who exemplifies utilizing hard work and a strong resolve to overcome the dullness and din of a […]

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