Monday, November 12, 2012

just the word green...

I follow San Quentin News on Facebook. San Quentin News is the most fascinating monthly newspaper you will ever read in your life. It is written, edited, and published by prisoners in San Quentin and features everything from news articles on the death penalty to prisoner artwork and trivia contests. Prizes include four (4) granola bars. San Quentin News also posts photos and videos constantly, so you can flip through 46 photos of the basball team, jazz concert, or creative writing class.

San Quentin News' most recent video is called Green Living and is all about a program inside the PRISON WALLS to teach inmates about the environment. It is 9 minutes long and you need to watch it. The only way this video could be improved is if as each inmate is interviewed, under their name, they included their crime. One guy is very worried about his air quality, and I paused for a second and thought, "Well... what did you DO?" Also, can you pick your own name in prison? I did not know this:

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

"The only way this video could be improved is if as each inmate is interviewed, under their name, they included their crime"
Really? Does a person need to be defined by their crime? Inmates are also human beings. SQ is one of the best prisons with inmates who have truly become rehabilitated and shouldn't be defined by a law that they've broken if they've done their time.

Anonymous said...

I initially expected to disagree with Anon 5:49, but I decided to watch the clip first. I didn't see anything inappropriate or entitled from the inmates who were featured. I have experience interacting with very, very entitled inmates, and if that's what was going on here, I would be more sympathetic to the blogger's desire to know what the inmates' crimes were, to juxtapose any entitled comments by the inmates against their commitment offenses. As it stands, I agree with 5:49: for purposes of this video, there is no need for these guys to be defined by their crimes (though I'd check 5:49 slightly on one point - they haven't yet finished their time, as they are still incarcerated.) And if you really need to know what a particular person did, it's public: you can search for that info.

Brock said...

Are these Asperger cases for real? Hey, anon 1 & 2, what else flies the fuck over your heads? Inquiring minds want to know.