Law & Ethics: Serving hard time in San Quentin

Converged communicators who are taking MMC3200 (Law & Ethics in Communication) have likely read plenty in recent weeks about school-owned student newspapers and the ways that administrators can regulate their content. Remember the Hazelwood test?

There’s another kind of newspaper that’s run by a government entity, though, and it’s one you’re probably not thinking about: The prison newspaper. As reported by Megan Hansen in the Marin (Cal.) Independent Journal (, inmates at San Quentin State Prison in California recently had their newspaper suspended because of “disapproved content.” It’s not entirely clear exactly what was published – accounts differ about the nature of the photograph published. However, since this is a newspaper under the management of a government body (a prison this time instead of a school), the prison administrators very likely had the legal right to take this step.

Yes, I know. Nobody in the Converged Communications program is really aspiring to write for a prison newspaper. But this story shows an unusual way that the legal principles studied in last week’s chapter can be applied in a real-world setting. Maybe the authorities would have been more inclined to print the publication if Humphrey Bogart had been the editor.

San Quentin movie poster (1937)

Image Credit: pds209

Just for fun, take a look at this 1937 movie poster. It’s a fact: San Quentin has been around for a long, long time.




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