Reporter Tells How Cellmate Blew His Top
Pierre Salinger
In the third installment to the California Jails Expose series, Pierre Salinger describes a fight he witnesses while at San Joaquin County Jail.
A Reporter's Inside Story
Pierre Salinger
In his second article in his series for the Chronicle, Salinger reports on his first night spent in jail as he awaits his trial.
Exclusive: Inside California's Jails. Brutality ... Crowded Cells. Chronicle Reporter Does Time: Shocking Account
Pierre Salinger
J.D. Salinger's first article for the San Francisco Chronicle about his time spent undercover in 2 California jails.
The Soledad 'Games'
Tim Findley
In the fourth installment of the "Behind Prison Bars" series, Findley reports about the complicated interrelationship between the correctional officers, inmate counselors and the inmates themselves. It features interviews with members of each group, as they address their role in prison life, what is expected of them and how these expectations have changed over time.
Soledad's 'Hole' - A Setting for Death, Revenge
Tim Findley
The third article in the "Behind Prison Bars" series talks about the history of violence in Soledad Prison's "adjustment centers" also called "the hole," where the facility's most violent inmates are segregated. In addition to including the reactions of both inmates and guards to the recent violence, the article also features an interview with Cal McEndree, the well-respected director of Soledad's adjustment centers, who speaks about the difficulties of reducing violence in the prison.
Cons' Main Street
Tim Findley
In Findley's second contribution, a collection of anecdotes of day-to-day life on the inside drawn from his stay in Soledad prison. He pays considerable attention to the physical space of the prison itself in addition to describing his interactions with other inmates and sketching colorful pictures of fellow inmates.
Reporter's Story: 'I'm in Soledad'; Serving Time with the Cons; 'We're Dead Men Here'
Tim Findley
Findley's first article about his experiencing living in California's Soledad prison for a week. As the excerpt suggests, he did not masquerade as an inmate but lived among the inmates nonetheless.
Men Who Shouldn't Be There
Charles Howe
A detailed article exploring what is wrong with California's corrections system and how officials and others associated with the Department of Corrections think it should be changed.
Problems of Parolees
Charles Howe
An article drawing attention to the difficulties parolees face after being released from prison, especially in California, whose parole system is ill-equipped to deal with the state's 19,000 parolees.
More Violence At Quentin -- Convict Slain
Jim Brewer
An article about the continued violence at San Quentin Prison, where one person was killed and four others injured in just a 24-hour period.
An article about a "lockdown" at San Quentin Prison, following a spree a stabbings that left 5 inmates injured. Although the article is unsigned, Chronicle reporter Charles Howe was in the middle of a one-week undercover stint as a prison guard at San Quentin and therefore a likely contributer to this report.
San Quentin's Elite Force In Action
Charles Howe
From the article's editor's note: "For three months, Chronicle reporters Charles Howe and Tim Findley lived in the iron world of California's prisons. As part of the assignment, Howe spent a week as a guard at San Quentin. Today, he tells what it was like on San Quentin's "goon squad" - the elite squad of correctional officers who are the prison's trouble shooters.
'The Day We Shook the Yard Down"
Charles Howe
Part of his undercover assignment as a San Quentin prison guard for the Chronicle's "Behind Prison Bars" series, reporter Charles Howe describes the drill of "shaking down" inmates to make sure they aren't carrying concealed weapons.
Charles Howe
A second article about Vacaville Medical Facility, the first stop for California convicts, where they undergo extensive psychiatric screening before being placed in a penitentiary.
Charles Howe
This article describes what takes place at Vacaville Medical Facility, the first stop for the majority of felons convicted in California. On average, a new inmate will spend six weeks at Vacaville while their physical and mental health is evaluated.
This unsigned article reports on an attempted stabbing of a San Quentin guard by notoriously violent Death Row inmate Robles.
From Our Correspondent
Our Correspondent
This article reports on the death of a prison guard at Folsom Prison. He was stabbed in the neck by an inmate held in Soledad Prison's "adjustment center." Although signed anonymously as "Our Correspondent," Charles Howe spent a week serving as a guard at San Quentin Prison and is likely to have contributed to the report.
Tehachapi -- the 'Good' Bad Place
Tim Findley
Part of The Chronicle's "Behind Prison Bars" series, this article is a profile of sorts on Tehachapi Prison, a unique progressively-run prison that affords inmates drastically more freedom than California's other penitentiaries.
The Men Without Hope
Tim Findley
Part of The Chronicle's "Behind Prison Bars" series, this article describes "adjustment centers" (also called "the hole"), where particularly violent inmates are confined to tiny individual cells for up to 23 hours a day as punishment for misbehaving.
Tim Findley
This article takes a look at the history of California's Folsom prison, the state's oldest. Despite being considered the most outdated corrections facility in California, Chronicle reporter Findley discovered that it is a favorite among the state's inmates, housing a high proportion of repeat offenders who claim to appreciate its straightforward, no-frills attitude. As one inmate put it, "They don't mess with your mind at Folsom. You know where you stand - you just do your own time and you won't have any trouble."
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