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News2019-08-29T20:09:12-07:00

The latest News & Blogs written by staff, incarcerated colleagues & community members

Thank You

By |November 16th, 2018|

Thanksgiving is coming up soon. This will be my 16th Thanksgiving in prison. Though I have many thoughts regarding my incarceration and world view of prison, I would like to use my Re:vision platform to [...]

Facing the Wall

By |November 6th, 2018|

By James King CDCR # V-69030 2–W–10 When the correctional officers yell "Escort!" all incarcerated people are supposed to turn and face the wall. Mostly, I do. Occasionally though, I turn ever so slightly to [...]

Members Only

By |October 26th, 2018|

By Adnan Khan #F-55145Next month, my friends from the San Quentin Newspaper will be doing a “mock election” on the yard. Guys on the main line as well as the men on condemned row will [...]

About Art and Voting

By |October 23rd, 2018|

By James King CDCR # V-69030 2–W–10Currently there is a lot of debate about whether incarcerated people should be given the right to vote. It reminds me of a similar dispute about the value of [...]

Food or Fodder

By |October 12th, 2018|

By Adnan Khan #F-55145People always ask me, “What’s the first thing you’re going to eat when you get out?!”  They ask with excited and impatient faces. They can’t wait to hear what I want to [...]

Sharing Privilege

By |October 10th, 2018|

James King CDCR # V-69030 2–W–10  When I wrote recently about the optimism flowing through San Quentin, I felt a little disturbed because I know there are still many people here who don't feel the [...]

Doing the Work

By |October 2nd, 2018|

James King CDCR # V-69030 2–W–10  About twelve years ago, I was walking the track on a prison yard at California State Prison-Lancaster with a couple of other guys and we were debating one of [...]

Wireless Connection

By |September 21st, 2018|

By Adnan Khan #F-55145  The other day I was watching a social game show I’ve been following on and off for several years called Big Brother. This show is about several people who go into [...]

Vicarious Joy

By |September 18th, 2018|

James King CDCR # V-69030 2–W–10  Optimism is running through SQ like an electrical current. A week ago three people went to their parole board hearings and were found suitable for parole. About ten days [...]

The Check-In

By |September 11th, 2018|

James King CDCR # V-69030 2–W–10  Yesterday, I was sitting in a small circle while we did a check-in. That is what we call it when we go around the circle, one person at a [...]

Me Time

By |September 7th, 2018|

By Adnan Khan #F-55145  I live in a 4ft x 9ft cell with another man. I occupy the top bunk. Most of my day, however, is spent outside of the cell. I go to work [...]

Sharing Freely

By |August 24th, 2018|

By Adnan Khan #F-55145  It took me a while to talk about my story and explore my childhood pain on a deeper level. I sat in groups, slowly began to talk about my traumatic experiences, [...]

Healthy Guilt?

By |August 24th, 2018|

By Adnan Khan #F-55145  Recently on a tour coming in from the outside, we were asked by a visitor how often do we think about the person and people that we've harmed in our crime. [...]

Humor In Prison

By |August 17th, 2018|

By Adnan Khan #F-55145  Humor has always been a big part of my life. At a very young age, though I would laugh like any child would, I understood the healing powers laughter occupied. Unfortunately [...]

The Gift

By |July 25th, 2018|

About a week after my cellie (roommate) turned 69, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations gave him a job working in the kitchen. Kitchen jobs are among the most contentious jobs in prison. On [...]

The Concrete Ceiling

By |July 24th, 2018|

James King CDCR # V-69030 2–W–10  Disclosure # 1: As an incarcerated writer, I find prison writing that focuses on the "talent" of incarcerated individuals in order to motivate people to support prison reform as [...]

Re:vision

By |July 24th, 2018|

CDCR # V-69030 2-W-10  I like to believe that all writing is autobiographical. No matter what the author is writing about, their biases, personality, and interests are evident on the page for all to see [...]

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