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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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California Supreme Court Rules on Marsy’s Law

By Stephen Yair Liebb The California Supreme Court has upheld the voter-approved initiative called Marsy’s Law, which increased the deferral period between parole hearings to a maximum of 15 years. The court on March 4 rejected a challenge brought by Michael Vicks, a prisoner serving a life term with the possibility of parole, and upheld […]

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Time in San Quentin Remains Frozen

For decades, time remains unchanged By Jose Camacho San Quentin’s Lower Yard gym has a three and a half square foot clock atop it. However, since 1982, it has been frozen at 5:44. Nobody knows if it stopped ticking at dawn or dusk. “The yard clock is frozen in time—not reflecting the spirit of San […]

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Cultivating Calm

By Phoeun You Hundreds of San Quentin prisoners have learned new ways of controlling their mind and body, thanks to Yoga class taught for the past 11 years by James Fox. They benefited from the Yoga practice, said Fox. Yoga is the “union of the mental emotional and physical aspects of yourself,” explained Fox, a […]

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Legislature Urges Change in Addressing H.S. Disciplinary Acts

By N.T. Butler California needs to change the way it handles problem students of color to enhance their graduation from high school, a state legislative committee reports. The committee held statewide hearings and heard testimony from hundreds of students who said they had disciplinary action, such as suspensions and expulsions taken against them for misbehaving […]

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Priest’s Book Promotes Redemption From Gangs

By Juan Haines Twenty years ago, Father Gregory Boyle was assigned to a job no one wanted — ministering in the gang-infested neighborhoods of Los Angeles, long thought by many authorities to be beyond redemption. His new memoir, Tattoos on the Heart-The Power of Boundless Compassion, tells the story of a man who does more […]

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25th Annual Veterans’ Scholarship Ceremony Honors Area Students

By ARNULFO GARCIA Military veterans incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison continue giving to their country by awarding scholarships to local high school students. “This highly ceremonial event reflects our respect for American values,” said Chairman Fernando Lemus of the Vietnam Veterans Group of San Quentin (VVGSQ). High school seniors with military parents or guardians […]

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1000-Mile Club Run

On a cool and overcast spring day, 12 members of the San Quentin Thousand Mile Club ran 24 one quarter mile laps around the lower yard in an effort to show their fellow inmates, guards and San Quentin Volunteers how fast they could cover six miles. Star of the day was Eddie Herena, who went […]

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EDUCTION CORNER

By TOM BOLEMA Death Row student Craigen Armstrong wants kids to hear his voice and avoid his fate. He envies the access general population outreach groups have to at-risk youth. He has had an epiphany, and wants to share. He thinks that kids would listen to him, trust his judgment, and maybe morph into responsible […]

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