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San Quentin inmates revive newspaper

The Marin Independent Journal reports that the newspaper at San Quentin has resumed publication after a hiatus of several years. The 7,000-circulation San Quentin News is written and edited by a staff of inmates, and guided by veteran journalist John Eagan of Mill Valley and a board of outside advisers.

“I thought it was a bit of San Quentin history that could and should be restored,” Warden Robert Ayers told the IJ. “And I think they’re doing a great job. It’s only going to get better.”

Prison officials said they do not censor copy or interfere with editorial decisions, and the inmates agreed with that claim.

“I’ve got a good feel for what’s important around here and what the guys want to know,” said editor Kenneth Brydon, 50, who is serving a life term for a murder in Ventura County. “We’re trying to get these guys what’s most important.”

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