San Quentin State Prison for Men

By Bruce Firestone | Uncategorized

Oct 16

Some of the action in books 1 and 2 of the Quantum Entity trilogy take place in San Quentin State Prison for Men so we sent copies of book 1 (we are all ONE) to the prison’s library after being given permission by one of their Ministers.

Almost no one gives anything to state prisons; inmates are locked up tight and then forgotten by society. Some folks in California are interred for life under the three strikes rule for smoking a joint or stealing a loaf of bread.

Unfortunately, the prison’s administration sent them back as an “unauthorized donation”.

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Here is an excerpt from book 1 about a place nicknamed the Arena:

Damien is interred in San Quentin State Prison for men. It is 17.1 miles from the prison to the intersection of Market and 8th Streets in downtown San Francisco to the south of him where Q-Computing America has its head office.

This is the prison about which the late great Johnny Cash, one of Nell’s favorite oldster artists, once said, “I hate every stone of you.”

It is the worst, most feared, prison in a nation with a prison community so large that if it was a separate country, it would rank among the top 70 biggest countries (by population) out of 242 nation-states.

There are more than 7,300 prisoners jammed into a space originally built for 3,000. Many of them are considered habitual offenders under vague statutes and laws and are jailed for life for crimes such as smoking a joint, shoplifting, or stealing less than ND$50. Almost none of the inmates ever had any significant personal resources—financial, educational or otherwise—in the outside world. In other words, this place is reserved exclusively for the poor.

In these times, U.S. jurisprudence is harsher than 18th century Britain, which transported large numbers of convicts to its Australian penal colonies under the Bloody Code that cited 222 crimes—almost all of which were crimes against property. Cutting down a tree, stealing goods worth more than five shillings, or stealing a rabbit would get you exiled and jailed for life.

Damien is in the maw of a vicious U.S. justice system from which most do not escape.

Bruce M Firestone, Quantum Entity Trilogy

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