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Mandi's Diary: Real Life As San Quentin's Only Transgender Prison Guard

Mandi Camille Hauwert | Posted 07.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Mandi Camille Hauwert

Originally published on Feb 24th, 2014. “I wasn’t going to a safe space; I would be facing down some of the toughest people in the state. In...

Merle Haggard and Me....

Neil J. Kirk | Posted 04.06.2016 | Entertainment
Neil J. Kirk

He'll tell you he's a country singer, but to me the essence of rock and roll is a cry for freedom and rebellion.

Five More Inmates In California Diagnosed With Legionnaires' Disease

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 01.13.2017 | Healthy Living

Aug 30 (Reuters) - Five more California inmates have been diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease at San Quentin State Prison, as officials work to deter...


Kathy Kelly | Posted 08.27.2016 | World
Kathy Kelly

Speaking on behalf of indigenous people in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, earlier this summer, Pope Francis apologized for the role the Catholic Church played in oppressing Latin America's indigenous people.

How Do You Earn Respect in Prison?

Quora | Posted 06.16.2015 | Weird News

Ultimately, the course of earning (more) respect is entirely up to the individual and their preference of method. The truth is that some people are simply good at being bad and doing good requires hard work. Throwing your hands up in the air and saying "I give up" is much easier than resisting negativity and continuing down a more positive path.

This Prisoner Endures Loss of Dignity -- and Strip Searches -- to Get a Degree

Timothy Nash | Posted 06.06.2015 | Impact
Timothy Nash

On countless occasions, I have been strip-searched and made to get completely naked outside for all to see, because two inmates got into a fight on the opposite side of the yard. Strip searches are supposed to be utilized if staff has a reason to believe an inmate is hiding dangerous contraband on their person. However, staff routinely use strip searches as a form of humiliation or intimidation, stripping away not just an inmate's clothes, but their dignity, as well. Furthermore, inmates are stripped of their personal identity and relegated to a number.

Movie Review: 'Get Hard' ... Not Sure

Carole Mallory | Posted 05.26.2015 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

Not sure about this one. Kevin Hart is terrific. Will Ferrell starts broad while setting up plot, but his performance is forced. Whereas Hart, who plays it straight, is a delight.

Meet San Quentin's First Openly Transgender Prison Guard

HuffPost Live | Brooke Sopelsa | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

If you’re transgender, transitioning while maintaining a full-time job can be challenging at the best of times. But if you’re a guard at one of Am...

Prisoners Who've Never Used A Computer Mouse Learn How To Code

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact

Long prison sentences mean that some of the men incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison in California have never used the Internet. For these inmates...

A Day Inside the Most Notorious Prison in the U.S.

Janardhan "Jay" Chodagam | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact

As I walked and talked to these men, it felt like striking up a conversation in a park. They were regular people. I felt safe having long conversation with them.

A Love Letter To Marin

Love Letters | Posted 03.24.2014 | Travel
Love Letters

Above all, I love that your iconic symbol is a mountain. To the sleeping lady who protects us all with her comforting presence, Mt. Tam, I owe you my heart.

Sasha Bronner

These Photos Prove It's Possible To Find Inner Peace Anywhere | Sasha Bronner | Posted 09.25.2013 | Los Angeles

California prisons have been under fire for overcrowding and solitary confinement conditions. While prisoners captured headlines recently with a 60-da...

Prison Becomes An Incubator For Startups

Reuters | Posted 02.28.2013 | Technology

(Reuters) - One by one, the entrepreneurs, clad in crisp blue jeans and armed with PowerPoint presentations, stood before a roomful of investors and t...

Cut, Cut, Cut Should Not Be California's Mantra

Stephen Valentino | Posted 07.26.2012 | San Francisco
Stephen Valentino

My plan is is not a band-aid but a comprehensive, new direction to put our Golden State on a solid footing and put the "Gold" back in The Golden State.

WATCH: Merle Haggard On Why He's Still Touring At 75

Posted 05.29.2012 | Fifty

"That's what I'm for, that's what I do," Merle Haggard, "poet of the common man," said about the music that has catapulted him to stardom. "The H...

What Are Some Aspects of Incarceration That Could Not Possibly Be Guessed by Someone Who Hasn't Experienced It?

Quora | Posted 05.19.2012 | Crime

This question originally appeared on Quora. Eric "Phil" Phillips, San Quentin inmate. One aspect is the amazing amount of talent in prison. There a...

What Is a Typical Inmate Day Like in San Quentin? What's the Schedule?

Quora | Posted 05.02.2012 | Crime

Although San Quentin State Prison is known for its notorious past, currently it happens to be the most stable and consistent of all the prisons. Here is a typical day for me.

Bradley Manning, Solitary Confinement and Occupy 4 Prisoners

Bill Quigley | Posted 04.24.2012 | Crime
Bill Quigley

One of the major complaints of prisoner human rights activists is the abuse of solitary confinement in prisons across the U.S.

Prison Grass

Joshua Braff | Posted 01.09.2012 | Home
Joshua Braff

The man being interviewed on TV was a killer, but I knew him because of baseball. In '07 I'd just become the new centerfielder for the Berkeley Barons, an amateur team of ex-college level players. The San Quentin game against the prisoners was optional, so of course I went.

Top 10 Most Notorious Prisons In The U.S. | Posted 12.06.2011 | Crime

For many Americans, Sing Sing, Leavenworth and San Quentin are well-known code words for crime. Newsone has compiled a list of 10 notorious U.S. co...

We Are All Troy Davis

Ariel Gore | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Ariel Gore

When I was a kid, my mom worked as an art teacher on death row at California's San Quentin. We held vigil when her students were put to death.

Did Ex-Cons Bake Your Birthday Cake?

Anneli Rufus | Posted 09.18.2011 | San Francisco
Anneli Rufus

Attending a launch party for the third annual Tasty Awards in San Francisco last Sunday, I sampled napoleons, clafoutis, and cinnamon crispies that might very well have been baked by felons. But that's a good thing.

Voices From the Inside: Prison News Is Back

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Shirin Sadeghi

2010-12-02-quentin.tiffPrisoners make of life behind bars what they can. While for many of them the outside is no longer theirs to experience, there are ways for them to connect to it -- ways like the San Quentin News.

Tennis Is Serious In San Quentin Prison | Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

About 20 inmates--lifers and 'three strikers'--play for the Inside Tennis Team, created by recreation director Don DeNevi, 72. Competition comes from ...

Scribd Editor's Pick: Mother's Little Angels (Excerpt)

Tammy H. Nam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Tammy H. Nam

An art dealer and father of four, Richard HUmphries also happens to be a former inmate of San Quentin. What makes his story even more compelling is that he has late-stage pancreatic cancer.