This newspaper has previously reported on the life and untimely death of former editor Arnulfo T. Garcia. However, Garcia was much more than editor of the San Quentin News (SQN), he was a towering visionary and dreamer.
Arnulfo was born July 27, 1952. He was 65 when he died September 23, 2017 in a car crash a few short months after his release.
Under the guidance of Garcia, the San Quentin News transitioned from being a reporter of news to being a source of news. Through the News forums, Garcia was able to let criminal justice decision makers experience the results of their decisions.
Marisa Rodriguez, prosecutor and director of community relations for San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon. “Arnulfo has been able to impact the lives and thoughts of a great many people working in the criminal justice system. He has directly shifted the mindset of prosecutors for many jurisdictions throughout the country, who after meeting Arnulfo want to bring members from their office into the prison. He has worked with judges, politicians, and lawyers to shed light on improving the way we approach and look at mass incarceration, rehabilitation, juvenile justice and reentry.”
In December 2017, Garcia’s family began the Arnulfo T. Garcia Foundation to carry on Arnulfo’s dream. Supported by the Horse Club Foundation and the Con-Ex Restorative Justice Project, the Arnulfo T. Garcia Foundation is developing its initial program of a horse ranch style reentry facility.