Jesse Vasquez started as a staff writer for the San Quentin News, and then served as the managing editor before being promoted to editor in chief. He continued in the footsteps of his predecessors Arnulfo T. Garcia and Richard Richardson who believed in altering the stereotypes of the incarcerated, prison conditions, and policies by highlighting that change is possible when given the opportunity, resources, and support.
He was serving multiple life terms for attempted murder until August 17, 2018 when Governor Jerry Brown commuted his sentence to 15 years to life.
He was found suitable for parole by the Board of Prison Terms on February 5th 2019.
He is looking forward to helping his community heal from the intergenerational trauma.