Juan Haines keeps reporting from inside the nightmare

Juan Moreno Haines has been a pillar in the creative writing class for more than 10 years. I linked to one of Juan’s stories in a previous post, but I think his ongoing reporting deserves a post of its own. Juan published a pre-COVID story back in February, ominously, about how when you get sick at San Quentin you end up in solitary confinement. Now he’s tested positive for COVID-19 and was placed in solitary confinement. He has continued to write and has gotten his articles and updates out via phone calls when they were still allowed, and through the mail. It seemed worthwhile to try and gather them here as part of the ongoing story of what is happening with my students and everyone else at San Quentin.

(Photo by Peter Merts, 2017)

IN SAN QUENTIN PRISON, GETTING THE FLU CAN LAND YOU IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT (02-20-2020 in The Appeal)

Inside Prison Amid Coronavirus Pandemic: Incarcerated Journalist Says Millions Behind Bars at Risk (03-17-2020 on Democracy Now)

IN OVERCROWDED SAN QUENTIN, CORONAVIRUS SHELTER-IN-PLACE MEASURES MEAN DECREASED QUALITY OF LIFE (04-16-2020 in The Appeal)

AFTER MORE THAN 25 YEARS BEHIND BARS, HE’S AT HIGH RISK FOR CORONAVIRUS. NOW HE’S GOING HOME (05-14-2020 in The Appeal)

IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC, PRISONERS AT SAN QUENTIN ARE PUNISHED FOR BEING SICK (06-23-2020 in The Appeal)

“Man Down:” Left in the Hole at San Quentin During a Coronavirus Crisis (07-07-2020 in The Appeal)

AT SAN QUENTIN, OVERCROWDING LAID THE GROUNDWORK FOR AN EXPLOSIVE COVID-19 OUTBREAK (07-21-2020 in The Appeal)

At San Quentin, a Desperate Man Goes on Hunger Strike to Protest Conditions in a COVID-19 Isolation Unit (08-10-2020 in Solitary Watch)

About Brothers In Pen

Brothers in Pen is the collective name of the Wednesday Night Creative Writing Class at San Quentin State Prison facilitated by Zoe Mullery.
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