XII-"Behind Prison Bars" - Charles Howe - San Francisco Chronicle

San Quentin's Elite Force In Action

Byline: Charles Howe; 1971-03-10; San Francisco Chronicle; pages 1

Report: "Behind Prison Bars" - Tim Findley & Charles Howe - San Francisco Chronicle

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". . .During the day I spent on the Special Security Squad at San Quentin Prison - inmates call it "the goon squad" - we ripped off Papa John's cell. We carried out seven pillowcases pull of everything from porn to extra clothing to unauthorized books and a surplus of cigarettes. We crawled through the prison's sewers like fugitives from "Les Miserables" searching for cut bars, heroin, or anything that could construed as part of a prison break - or for the thousands of items which are contraband for prisoners. . ."

Description:From the article's editor's note: "For three months, Chronicle reporters Charles Howe and Tim Findley lived in the iron world of California's prisons. As part of the assignment, Howe spent a week as a guard at San Quentin. Today, he tells what it was like on San Quentin's "goon squad" - the elite squad of correctional officers who are the prison's trouble shooters.

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San Francisco Chronicle article titled, "San Quentin's Elite Force in Action." Written by Charles Howe as part of the "Behind Prison Bars" series.