San Quentin's Inmate-Run Newspaper Hits Major Milestone

As newspapers across the country downsize and lay off staff, one Bay Area paper, facing its own unique challenges, is thriving.

The San Quentin News, San Quentin State Prison’s inmate-run newspaper, celebrated a major milestone last month after releasing its 100th edition.

The paper, featuring news, columns, cartoons and book reviews, has a circulation of 30,000 and a readership spanning 43 states and 36 California prisons.

The origin of the San Quentin News goes all the way back to the 1920’s, when it was published as a newsletter under the name Wall City News.

To commemorate its 100th edition, the paper hosted a celebration inside the walls to honor the journalists, prison staff, and dozens of outside volunteers who collaborate on printing the paper each month.

“Today, as I stand before you as editor-in-chief of a newspaper that so many people are invested in, I am humbled,” said Editor-in-Chief Richard “Bonaru” Richardson. “I am humbled because every story, every achievement, every milestone, every accomplishment, every step the San Quentin News makes is because of you.”

Click here for the San Quentin News' complete coverage of the event.

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