The Women's Issue, Summer 2019. Editor-in-Chief Marcus Henderson Staff Writer Kate McQueen Staff Writer Molly Kittle Art Director Jonathan Chiu SQ PIO Lt. Sam Robinson Warden’s Office Raphaele Casale CDCR Information Officer Bill Sessa Adviser William Drummond Adviser Sarah Horowitz Adviser Doug Levy Adviser Dan Fost Adviser Alastair Boone Adviser Alissa Greenberg … [Read more...] about Wall City Volume 2 Issue 2: THE WOMEN’S ISSUE
These pages are written by women, about women. Here’s why. How powerful is a voice when no one will hear the cries? “Everyone has a voice, but not everybody has a platform,” said Tracy Brumfield. Brumfield is the founder of RISE Up News. She is one of the formerly incarcerated women featured in our “Over the Wall” section. Her statement made me imagine someone alone in the woods surrounded by mountain-high trees. The person starts to scream at the top of their lungs, look- ing for a way out, but no one hears them. Not a soul … [Read more...] about Wall City Volume 2 Issue 2: The Women’s Issue
Women battle to continue fighting fires after their releases Female firefighters on the front lines of California wildfires photo by David McNew/ AFP/Getty Images Many people are surprised to learn that nearly 10 percent of the incarcerated firefighters serving at California's 44 "fire camps" are women. Just like men, the women firefighters get the same training as Cal Fire's other seasonal firefighters- one week in the classroom, another week in the field, and additional training on an ongoing basis. And, just like the incarcerated men … [Read more...] about Wall City Volume 2 Issue 2: Fighting Fire While Doing Time
Everyone who donates $40 or more to San Quentin News this year will get a free gift – a full color 32-page Wall City magazine Volume 2– written and created by inmates. This is the second volume of Wall City – the San Quentin News publication focused on keeping you informed on criminal justice and rehabilitation issues. The all-new spring 2019 magazine gift is in addition to our gift of twelve months of the San Quentin News newspaper delivered to you. Generous contributions from readers like you are vital in fulfilling our … [Read more...] about Wall City Volume 2: If you want it all – look here!
Wall City Spring 2019 Volume 2 Issue 1 Table of Contents … [Read more...] about Wall City Volume 2: Table of Contents
A Q&A with San Quentin News’ Editor-in-Chief 2008-2009 Kenny Brydon Kenny Brydon, who spent 39 years behind bars before his release in 2017, was the first editor-in-chief of San Quentin News (SQN) since the paper was revised in 2008. Now living in the San Francisco Bay area, Brydon reflected on the challenges of leaving prison, transitioning into the free world, and being in charge of a prison newspaper. Juan Haines interviewed him. Kenny: I spent my entire prison term active in self-help, participating in many programs. I was … [Read more...] about WALL CITY, VOLUME 2, ISSUE 2: Outside Looking In
It is a well-known fact amongst the San Quentin News staff that Warden Clinton T. Duffy wanted people to voice their opinions about whatever subjects they felt comfortable addressing in prison. That was the seed of opportunity that we were given at the time to increase public safety and achieve social justice. However, conflict arose between San Quentin News staff and the administration that took a legal turn for the worst. Eventually the newspaper went out of existence. In 2008, Warden Robert Ayers Jr. didn’t agree with having the … [Read more...] about Wall City Volume 2: The Fall and Rise of the San Quentin News
What Prisoners Get Out of Working for a Prison Newspaper Are prison-written newspapers a good idea? Well, it depends. More than 20 years ago dozens of prison newspapers dotted the map all across the United States. There were so many that they formed their own news association. Then, one by one, almost all of them disappeared, including the San Quentin News, which went dark for around 20 years. They fell victim to the violence and racial turmoil of the 1980s. Wardens and superintendents across the land had their hands full simply … [Read more...] about Wall City Volume 2: Prison Journalism
Participants and facilitators speaking in a Restorative Justice small circle in the San Quentin Catholic Chapel Rahsaan Thomas investigates what schools and people on the outside can learn about survival from men who have inflicted violence on others. The Generation of Mass Shootings: That’s what high schoolers named themselves in the wake of the February 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Flor- ida, which took the lives of 17 students and faculty members. Other words they’ve taken on: “Never Again,” … [Read more...] about WALL CITY, VOLUME 2, ISSUE 2: Can Restorative Justice be the solution to stopping mass shootings?
Curtis Roberts Curtis Roberts’ story shows how seemingly little things can do a lot, including saving a life. A guard discovered Curtis Roberts at count time, working on a bed sheet. He was alone, feeling down, having watched yet another friend go home. “I sat alone, depression beginning to take its toll,” Roberts remembers. “I began playing around with the idea of killing myself because there’s just no way I can do fifty years.” He was referring to his sentence of 50 years to life—for a robbery in which he got $40. He sat in his … [Read more...] about WALL CITY, VOLUME 2, ISSUE 2: Coming back from the edge