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!
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