Tommy Winfrey is an award-winning writer, and several San Quentin offices display his art.
Art helped me see that even though there are constants hemmed by the rules of life, there is always room for creativity. Paint flows off the brush a certain way. It obeys the law of physics. But even with that, there are ways to create and make the paint do what you want.”
For several years, Winfrey wrote for the San Quentin News. Two stories stood out for him — one was on eugenics. “I honestly believe that eugenics have not ended in this country. Modern-day corrections has ensured that segments of the population do not propagate.” The second story was on the prison graveyard. He talked about what motivated him to write it: “I felt that nobody cared about the bodies that lie on that hill and someone should.”