San Quentin News is the only prisoner-operated newspaper in the California prison system. Its reporters have a unique access to, and knowledge of, the workings of the state prison system that set them apart from any other journalist in the field. The newspaper focuses on providing an accurate view of prison life to its readers and on the analysis of criminal justice policy.
Currently over 13,000 Newspapers are printed and distributed monthly. Private individual funders and foundations make the printing and distribution of San Quentin News possible:
- Columbia Foundation, $68,000.00 (2013)
- Annenberg Foundation, $2,000.00 (2012)
- RESIST, $2,000.00 (2012)
- Marin Community Foundation, $5,000.00 (2011)
Individual donors provided San Quentin News with more than $9,000 in 2014.
The cost of printing and distribution for 13,000 SQ Newspapers is approximately $23,000.00 annually. Our immediate goals by end of 2016 is to circulate between 20-30 thousand newspapers to the 17 prisons currently receiving the newspaper, have more prisons and other institutions added to our circulation list, and to add part-time external support to aid with distribution and website maintenance. Our long-term goal is to provide all prisoners housed in California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation facilities (roughly 120,000) with access to a San Quentin Newspaper.
We thank you for your continued support by which we can reach our goals and achieve our mission of providing incarcerated women and men, criminal justice leaders and community advocates with the information and inspiration they need to better their lives, their communities and the lives of those affected by crime and violence.
Thank you for your support.