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 their absent fathers and by the socioeconomic conditions in America’s various urban slums. The intro, Is Rap My Daddy?, launches a discussion of just how influential music can be. The “Yard Talk” group will share their insights as prisoners … [Read more...] about Is Rap My Daddy?
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” Johnson and Eric Curtis met in San Quentin’s gym to discuss how to stop the next Michael Brown or Oscar Grant from being killed by the police. “If we can have … [Read more...] about S.Q. Inmates Offer Their Ideas on Dealing With Community Tension Between Blacks and Police
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 of social support from prison to the community,” suggests one study. The Minnesota study by Grant Duwe and Valerie Clark is called Blessed Be the Social Tie … [Read more...] about The Effects of Family and Contact Visits