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  • Nina Schmidt ’23

Finding Humanity In San Quentin


SI students at San Quentin.


On November 15th and 17th, Mr. Steigler and Ms. Mannion took their seniors on a field trip to San Quentin State Prison. Students in the Crime, Law, and Constitution class for US Gov received a tour from a lieutenant and five inmates. They saw areas of the facility such as the recreation yard, the newsroom, the chapel, the cell blocks, the infirmary, and what used to be solitary confinement. By witnessing the conditions inside a functioning prison and having face-to-face encounters with members of the general population, SI students gained an invaluable understanding of the US incarceration system. For many, this opportunity was truly a transformative and unforgettable experience.


Nina Schmidt ’23 is a Vol. 71 Managing Editor for SI News.

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