National Affairs: Keg Sitter Out

At San Quentin Prison, perched on the rocky tip of Sibkon Point in San Francisco Bay, the sound of gunfire is almost as common as the cawing of the seagulls. From their watchtowers the guards methodically riddle each bit of flotsam as it floats beneath the walls, lest it hide an escaping convict. Inside the walls are many flowers and a collection of yellow and grey buildings housing 5,000 convicts, world's largest prison population. The prisoners look reasonably contented. Their reading privileges are almost unlimited. The prison band plays twice a day,...

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