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December 18, 2020
A Question of Violence
Rahsaan “New York” Thomas is barred from COVID-related release from San Quentin because his 20-year-old crime was violent. GoFundMe cancelled his legal defense campaign for the same reason. Here’s what it’s like to live with the scarlet letter V.
Rahsaan "New York" Thomas
October 1, 2020
Being a Prison Firefighter Taught Me to Save Lives
I first joined the San Quentin fire department to get my own room, eat well and train dogs. It ended up being the most important experience of my life.
, as told to
September 26, 2019
I Host a Popular Podcast. I’m Also in Prison.
“I’m hungry to make meaning out of destruction.”
June 12, 2017
Meet the Creators of the New Podcast From Inside San Quentin Prison
The inmate-produced show will tell intimate stories of daily life behind bars.
May 11, 2017
A lifer takes up running to “earn back” his life.
February 10, 2016
Rarely Seen Images of the Real San Quentin
Thousands of photos, unearthed after decades, form an archive of daily life.
January 27, 2016
San Quentin Puts on a Happy Face
A field trip to California’s oldest prison.
May 19, 2015
A Lifer’s Retirement Plan
Most of us get out old and broke. Not me.
February 5, 2015
Call Me Mandi
The life of a transgender corrections officer.