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August 7, 2009
Re "State gets two years to cut 43,000 from prisons," Aug. 5 Regarding the front-page photo showing large rows of bunk beds at San Quentin State Prison, this sleeping arrangement is not much different from our barracks when I was in the Army in the 1950s. Although the room shown in the photo appeared much larger than our barracks, the spaces between the bunks was similar. The panel of federal judges declared this to be "cruel and unusual punishment," so 43,000 prisoners must be released.
December 20, 1986 | From Deutsche Presse-Agentur
A Saudi Arabian woman was publicly beheaded Friday for killing her husband's other wife. The woman, Safra Bint Haynagan Oteibi, had been convicted of stabbing Sarah Bint Oteibi during an argument, and then cutting off her head, an Interior Ministry statement said. Saudi authorities often order the beheading of male convicts after Friday's weekly prayers in keeping with Islamic tradition.
September 5, 1997 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
Behind an unprepossessing storefront in the Plaza Pasadena mall, near the food court, a first-rate theatrical company is evolving. Pasadena Shakespeare Company's great promise is on ample display in its bang-up, thoroughly entertaining production of "Our Country's Good," Timberlake Wertenbaker's somewhat attenuated drama about the first group of British convicts sent to Australia. Capt.
April 20, 1993
What an outrage to open the front page of the paper (April 18) and see the very evident display of jubilation the members of the First AME Church felt when the Rodney King verdicts were announced. Will you print the same type of picture with L.A. residents (only this time it will be white people) gleefully holding hands in celebration of a verdict that convicts all three Reginald Denny assailants? This is just one more example of how the media fan the flames of prejudice and hatred.
December 13, 1987
Concerning the controversy surrounding poetry, I'd like to add a bit of information I received from a county librarian. The county maintains small libraries within many local correctional facilities. A county librarian, who had conducted some research to find out which books the inmates checked out most frequently, told me that, in order of preference, convicts like to read books of poetry, books on calligraphy, and the novels of Louis L'Amour. When I asked how she might account for this, she guessed--and it was only a guess--that perhaps inmates chose books of poetry as their first preference in reading because poems are able to express certain emotions that they themselves feel, and, wishing to express these emotions to a loved one, they might even quote lines during visits or in letters.
October 28, 1990
In response to your editorial "The New Labor Force: Jailbirds?" (Oct. 15): I agree that Proposition 139 should be defeated. However, a great deal could be done to rectify our penal system. Our prisoners do not have to work. Because of ancient legislation in favor of industry and labor, our prisoners cannot compete with private business. It is time for this to be changed. In some states the prisoners produce much of the furniture, supplies, clothing, food and maintenance of the plant for their own and public agency use. They even supply the labor to construct new prisons and facilities.
March 10, 1995 | CHARLES (E.Z.) WILLIAMS, Charles (E.Z.) Williams is a former editor of the San Quentin News and Soledad Star News. He is serving a seven-years-to-life sentence at the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo for a 1978 murder. and
With the interminable sentences being handed down and with positive, productive programs scaled back, convicts in California increasingly have little hope for the future. Now Gov. Pete Wilson wants to undo the program that allows overnight visits between prisoners and their spouses, children, parents and siblings. Begun more than 20 years ago by Gov.
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