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Christmas in San Quentin

Franco Folini
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Holidays can bring about complicated feelings for many inmates. There's no work or school at that time, so the men are given leisure time to relax, maybe watch TV, and some receive visits from family on Christmas day. But for others it's a painful reminder that they’re not able to spend time with those they love most.

Reporter Louis A. Scott talked with several members of San Quentin Media to see how they celebrated or avoided Christmas.

"A Christmas day for me when I wake up in the morning — first thing I do, I stretch, and I wish myself a very merry Christmas, jump off the bunk and grab my toothpaste. I make sure it's mint toothpaste because it's very festive for me. "


San Quentin Radio is a project in which KALW editors train inmates to report stories from inside prison. San Quentin officials listened to and approved the audio for this story prior to broadcast. Thanks to Sam Robinson and Larry Schneider for their help.



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