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Catholic Choir Director Departs for New Position

By A. Kevin Valvardi Journalism Guild Writer Sister Karen Conover will be winding up 15 years as director of San Quentin’s Catholic Chapel choir for a new ministry. She will be departing in August for a new role of “internal community service” to the retired sisters who live in an assisted and skilled nursing community […]

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Beloved Artist Rene Garcia Jr. Passes Away

By Tommy Winfrey Arts Editor San Quentin lost a valued member of the community on May 8. Teacher, multimedia artist and friend to many behind the walls of San Quentin, Rene Garcia Jr. passed away. Garcia was born on July 9, 1973, and leaves behind his wife, Holly, two young children and a mother and […]

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Former Inmate Becomes Recreation Therapist for CDCR

By Don Chaddock Inside CDCR Editor In the early 1970s, poverty-stricken Compton’s murder rate was second only to Los Angeles. A young black man named David Earl White knew this all too well – it was his home. “In Compton, people were dying and they didn’t even get an obituary in the newspaper,” he said […]

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Officer Davis Walks His Last Mile in San Quentin

By JulianGlenn Padgett Contributing Writer For three decades, Correctional Officer Keith Davis walked the gun rails and halls of San Quentin State Prison. Now on the eve of his retirement, he says the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation still has work to do. Davis, 57, said that in all the time he has been […]

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San Quentin Kairos Legend Brian Arnold Passes

Brian Arnold died Sat., Feb 21. Arnold was a part of Kairos, a Christian ministry brought into San Quentin and other prisons all over the world by volunteers and residents serving to share their love of Christ. “I’ve known Brian since group 42,” inmate Clinton Martin said. “Brian taught me how to be a man […]

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Honoring the Life of Judith Puchner Breen

By Aly Tamboura Contributing Writer Judith Puchner Breen, beloved San Quentin volunteer whose Video Literacy Project and passion for teaching touched the lives of many prisoners, died Jan. 17. Breen earned a B.A. from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. Her extensive career teaching English literature began at Temple University in Philadelphia and […]

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Counselor N. Lee Helps Inmates Seek Rehabilitation

By Phoeun You  Correctional Officer N. Lee began working approximately one year ago as the Correctional Counselor I inside North Block of San Quentin. During that time, Lee has helped hundreds of inmates seek rehabilitation through her service as a caseworker. Before taking the counselor position, Lee became a part of the Honor Guard. Only […]

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Officer Hauwert’s Thoughts Concerning Gender Identification

By Jarvis JuVan Clark Seven years ago, M. Hauwert was hired as a male correctional officer at San Quentin State Prison. Now Officer Hauwert is transitioning to a female identity. “I’m hoping that someday it’ll get to the point where we don’t need to make gender identification an issue,” Hauwert said in an interview. Hauwert, […]

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Rochelle Edwards Transitions Out of VOEG’s Leadership Role

By JulianGlenn Padgett For a decade Rochelle Edwards has counseled San Quentin inmates through her program Victim Offender Education Group (VOEG). Now preparing to move on, Edwards shared with us what she has learned about healing, redemption, insight and forgiveness. Edwards started VOEG in 2004 with one group and has since established 28 groups across […]

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The San Quentin Community Shows Appreciation to Dr. Julie Lifshay

By Phoeun You Eight years ago, Julie Lifshay PhD, ventured inside San Quentin for the first time, hoping to help prisoners improve their lives. Today, she continues to contribute time and effort by working as an educator and a volunteer to the betterment of countless inmates. In 2006, Lifshay met Jody Lewen PhD, executive director […]

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