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After years locked in a SHU, it’s still a struggle

By John Lam Debrief, parole or die were the only ways an inmate placed in California’s supermax facilities for gang validation could come out. It has changed, thanks to a class-action lawsuit. “I was placed in the SHU (Security Housing Unit) based on the words of a confidential informant,” said Librado Fortanel. “All they need […]

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…campaign seeks to extend the ban

By David Le A campaign is underway to end solitary confinement for youth in juvenile and adult facilities across the United States. The campaign was launched in April by a number of national groups, including the Center for Children’s Law and Policy. The new partnership is called Stop Solitary for Kids. Leading the campaign is […]

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Finding Employment for Ex-Felons

By Rahsaan Thomas Staff Writer Lifers can overcome all the obstacles to succeeding on parole if they empower themselves, former prisoner Joe Paul advised a San Quentin audience. “If you can walk off a life sentence, you can get a job,” said Paul, program manager at Jericho Vocational Service Center, which is part of the […]

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‘Ban the Box’ Movement Is Gaining Traction

By Lee Jaspar San Francisco Board of Supervisors approves a resolution initiated by All of Us or None calling for San Francisco to eliminate hiring discrimination against people with criminal records Numerous cities and counties have improved the chances for persons with criminal histories to get jobs, the National Employment Law Project reports. Known as […]

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SQUIRES Banquet Celebrates 50 Years of Mentoring At-Risk Youth

By Charles David Henry About 50 people gathered at a banquet marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of SQUIRES. It’s a program that brings at-risk youth in to San Quentin Prison for a close-up look at what their future holds unless they change their behavior.“There is no agenda other than it’s a heartfelt, devoted […]

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Computer Coding Class Comes to San Quentin

The Last Mile’s program prepares inmates for good outside jobs By Juan Haines Inmates enrolled in a computer coding class showcased their work at a press conference on Nov. 12. The class, called Code.7370, allows inmates to learn HTML, CSS and JavaScript virtually from coding teachers who work at Hack Reactor, a coding academy in […]

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Movie Producer Scott Budnick Attends Ironwood State Prison for TEDx Event

By Charles David Henry There’s a lot going on in the desert, and it’s not a mirage, reported Scott Budnick of his May visit to Ironwood State Prison. In The Huffington Post he described the low, flat concrete buildings with tall steel fences and razor-sharp barbed wire rising out of the blazing-hot landscape. Ironwood State […]

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Population Cap Pushes Shafter Jail to Reopen

‘CDCR should reopen four more facilities’ By Wesley R. Eisiminger In order for state prison officials to meet a court ordered population cap, the once closed Shafter City Community Corrections Facility will reopen, reports The Californian. The deal has been approved by the city council, said, City Manger John Guinn, adding that 86 workers have […]

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American’s Prison Population Declines

By Ted Swain With the closing of prisons in many states and initiatives to modify tough on crime laws, America’s prison populations are declining. Despite this, the number of people sentenced to life in prison continues to grow, says the non-profit Washington think tank, The Sentencing Project. Between 2011 and 2012, seventeen states closed one […]

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San Quentin Jazz Concert Honors Black History Month

The Soulful Sounds of Seasoned Ensembles By Boston Woodard Toes were tapping and hands were clapping as a standing-room-only San Quentin audience celebrated Black History Month with a live jazz concert. “It’s been quite some time since I’ve heard live jazz music,” said James Jenkins. “What I witnessed today rivals any music performance I saw […]

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