Prison tour program tries to keep boys on right path

July 15, 2016

More than 100 inmates in orange jumpsuits flashed gang signs and screamed at the four Oakland teenagers entering San Quentin Prison's cell block courtyard, urging the youths to join them and to "keep thuggin'." One boy turned his head, wincing as his gaze fell on an open-air toilet.


This recent trip to California's most notorious prison was a chance for the youths -- three of whom live in a group home -- to see that street life ends one of two ways: dead or behind bars.

"Welcome to the garbage can of society," inmate guide Jeff Elkins told the group.






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