$473.5 million spent on 17 state ballot measures

By David Eugene Archer Sr. The 17 propositions on the California November ballot set a new state record for donations at $473.5 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. Prop. 61, 56 and 52 accounted for more than half of the total contributions, according to the California Secretary of State records. That $473.5 million was […]

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Archbishop of SF unveils mural at Christmas Eve Mass

Scott McKinstry and Bruce Fowler worked thousands of hours over several years on the concept and design of a mural depicting the victory of good over evil. The Archbishop of San Francisco unveiled the mural after he delivered Christmas Eve Mass to a congregation of San Quentin prisoners and dozens of Bay Area community members. […]

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Project Rebound helps formerly incarcerated gain an education

By Forrest Lee Jones A popular program is helping formerly incarcerated inmates obtain a college education. The program called Project Rebound (PR) is based at San Francisco State University. It has a dramatically impressive success rate, reports Emily DeRuy of The Atlantic. It was started in 1967 by a formerly incarcerated inmate and professor of […]

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Are fewer inmates good news? Not if you invest in private prisons

By David B. Le The decline in prison populations is good news unless you happen to be an investor who’s put money into prison bonds.  The 3.8 trillion municipal-securities niche market has investors demanding higher payouts for their risk as prison bonds have been downgraded due to the prison population reduction and private prisons closure, […]

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Stateless…a massacre…a murder…and now free

By John Lam Borey “PJ” Ai may be one of the most accomplished persons you will ever meet. He also happens to be one of the youngest persons to be given a life sentence for murder, at age 14. After spending 20 years in prison, he was found suitable for parole at his first hearing, […]

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Homeless teens forced to choose jail just to get a square meal

By Marcus Henderson Jail or starvation are the hard choices some American teens have to make when facing uncertainty of where their next meal is coming from, the Urban Institute reported in September. Teens spoke about going to jail or failing school, so they could attend summer classes to receive lunches as another means for […]

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Protesters’ vigil at CIW for women who took their own lives

By Marcus Henderson Alarmed by high suicides rates and other alleged abuses at the California Institution for Women (CIW), about 80 people gathered in front of the prison to protest and remember loved ones who took their lives while incarcerated there. Protesters came holding signs, some shaped like coffins, and wearing T-shirts proclaiming the memory […]

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Straight talk from women at SQ’s ‘Sister, I’m Sorry’ event

Dozens of San Quentin prisoners listened intently as seven women described their own experiences surviving horrific crimes including rape, incest, abandonment and domestic violence. During the panel discussion Nov. 12 in the Protestant Garden Chapel, the men received a dose of straight talk and a reality check on the hidden pains of women. Darell “Obadiah” […]

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‘The way she treats us makes us want to do well’

By Rahsaan Thomas There’s a teacher who walks around a prison classroom engaging students and encouraging them in a way they say most teachers in the public school system din’t. Behind San Quentin educator D. Searle is a testament — copies of more than two dozen High School Equivalent diplomas earned since late 2015 by […]

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Delivering a message of hope for thousands with HIV

By Emile DeWeaver One of the country’s major problems is that 161,000 people in the United States have HIV but don’t know it, Andrew Reynolds told a gathering at San Quentin’s World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 An expert in HIV prevention, Reynolds brought a message of hope: Although there are 50,000 new infections a […]

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