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Is Rap Your Daddy? Was Rap Music My Dad?

By Rahsaan Thomas Staff Writer Green numbers 6-6-6 surround by red flames tattooed on the face of his 18-year-old son were the first thing Demond Lewis noticed in the picture. He sat on his bunk, bewildered, staring at the photo his sister had sent. He wondered why his son would think a tattoo on his […]

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Is Rap My Daddy?

By Rahsaan Thomas Sports Editor In this issue the San Quentin News introduces a six-part series exploring the role rap music played in the turbulent early lives of many inmates within San Quentin’s walls. For the men who came of age in the late 1980s and ‘90s, gangster rap music filled the void left by […]

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S.Q. Inmates Offer Their Ideas on Dealing With Community Tension Between Blacks and Police

By Rahsaan Thomas Staff Writer When the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury chose not to indict White police officer Darren Wilson for killing unarmed African-American Michael Brown, San Quentin prisoners watched television as protests erupted around the nation. Despite disappointment, the prisoners said they didn’t want to give in to helplessness. Inmates Demond Lewis, John “Yayah” […]

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The Effects of Family and Contact Visits

By Rahsaan Thomas Sports Editor Rehabilitation is necessary for public safety, yet some states’ prison systems are leaning more and more toward hampering the best rehabilitation tool: family and contact visiting, two studies say. “Revising prison visitation policies to make them more ‘visitor friendly’ could yield public safety benefits by helping offenders establish a continuum […]

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