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Correctional Officer Sakaria Tagaloa Retires After 30 Years

By Rahsaan Thomas On June 25, after working more than 30 years for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Officer Sakaria Tagaloa retired. Almost no one wanted to see him leave. “He’s going to be missed by a lot of officers and inmates,” said M. Allen, a 27-year veteran officer who worked with […]

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Photographer Nigel Poor Conveys the Stories of SQ Inmates

By Rahsaan Thomas Staff Writer Ten years ago the post office delivered a letter from San Quentin State Prison to the wrong address. Professor of Photography Nigel Poor received the letter, wondering why. The correct address was nowhere near hers. She redirected the epistle to the correct person, thinking that would be the end of […]

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San Quentin Nurse Heals One Inmate at a Time

By Tommy Bryant Journalism Guild Writer Diabetes is a serious problem at San Quentin and Elina Appleton has made it her mission to help those affected. “Most inmates have no idea what the disease is or how it affects them until they start losing toes, feet, legs, kidneys, go blind, have heart attacks and/or strokes,” […]

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Collette Carroll Dedicated to Changing Lives

By Miguel Quezada Staff Writer Collette Carroll is the kind of San Quentin volunteer who sees a serious need and fills it. The need was to prepare prisoners for their release into the outside world. After eight years volunteering in the prison, she founded the organization that became known as the California Reentry Institute (CRI). […]

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San Quentin News Adviser Retires After Eight Years

By Aly Tamboura Contributing Writer The San Quentin News, created in 1940 by Warden Clinton T. Duffy, is at the end of an era, which began eight years ago under the guidance of one remarkable volunteer, who has decided to step down. Veteran journalist John C. Eagan, who has been volunteering his time mentoring prisoners, […]

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Spanish Facilitator Impacts Lives

By Phoeun You Graphic Designer Lucia De La Fuente impacted the lives of 10 Spanish-speaking San Quentin prisoners with her skills as a counselor and teacher. “She taught me how to deal with my traumas. I can own up to my crime and hold myself accountable for it,” said Manuel Murillo, one of her students. […]

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SQ Rec Chief DeNevi Reluctantly Retires At 78

By Rahsaan Thomas Staff Writer Don DeNevi retired from his position as coach of the San Quentin recreation program, reluctantly leaving behind his most beloved job. “I should have been doing prison work all my life,” said DeNevi. “There is no place I’d rather be than right here. I’m not happy about retiring because I […]

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Departing C.O. Plagman Aimed to Gain The Respect of Inmates

By Arnulfo Garcia Editor-in-Chief When an inmate first comes into the prison system, the demeanor of correctional officials generally gives him an indication of what prison is going to be like. Rarely is that demeanor upbeat or positive. Correctional Officer E. Plagman is one of those rare people with a different outlook. His is the […]

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Amanda Howell Departs From San Quentin

By Phoeun You Amanda Howell, inside coordinator for the Prison University Project (PUP), has left the nonprofi t organization that provides Associate of Arts degrees at San Quentin to pursue her own academic goals. Howell impacted hundreds of students’ lives through her work as a PUP volunteer before becoming a full-time staff member. However, Howell […]

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Officer McGhee Envisions Taking Trips After Retirement

By Tommy Winfrey Art Editor Officer Eugene McGhee Jr., 55, retired after almost 14 years in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Friday, July 31, 2015. Prior to retiring from CDCR, McGhee retired from the United States Army, where he had served on active and reserve duty for 34 years. McGhee admitted retirement […]

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