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Newspaper behind bars boasts compelling storytelling

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SAN QUENTIN, Calif. — The scene was almost indistinguishable from that in any other newsroom. Editors sat around chatting about the next issue and tinkering with stories. Front pages were tacked up on the walls, and family photos were taped to computer terminals.

But in fact this newspaper office was unlike almost any other, obvious from the dress code: Staff members wore the standard blue uniform of California prison inmates.

When the phone rang, the answer was a crisp, “Hello,…

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