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Light v. Dark

By |January 22nd, 2019|

For as long as anyone can remember, a battle has waged in prisons, jails, and other incarcerated spaces between light and darkness. Not in the metaphorical, moral sense, but in the literal sense. Incarcerated spaces [...]

Let The Game Begin

By |January 8th, 2019|

The question almost always comes up around this time of year. First, the volunteers pause, as their inward struggle plays across their face. Is this question appropriate? Will asking it make him uncomfortable? Slowly, they [...]

Happy New Year!

By |January 1st, 2019|

Dear Friends, I am incredibly grateful to be able to write this letter to you as Executive Director of Re:Store Justice. Just this time last year, my future felt hopeful, yet uncertain. Thanks to the [...]

Racing Backwards: Part II

By |December 4th, 2018|

In a previous post, I wrote about racial politics in California state prisons and the hardened racial divisions that characterize incarcerated interactions. In California, members of most races are not allowed to share cells, showers, [...]

Racing Backwards

By |November 20th, 2018|

I will never forget the first time I was exposed to racial politics in California state prisons (politics is the term incarcerated people in California use to refer to our unwritten social rules.) It was [...]

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 [...]

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