Tennis Kids For Life has donated instructional materials to the Library at San Quentin Prison in San Francisco to assist eligible inmates in increasing their understanding, ability and enjoyment of tennis on the court provided for their use. Below is a video which describes how tennis is being utilized to enhance the lives of individuals incarcerated at San Quentin:
We hope to further support this program in the future in an effort to assist in the rehabilitation* of those inmates who are enthusiastic about tennis.
Tennis inside the walls of San Quentin
Los Angeles Times photographer Rick Loomis documents life on and off the tennis courts
inside San Quentin State Prison. (All photos taken April 16, 2010.)
RIGHT PHOTO: Guards stand watch over inmates in San Quentin’s recreational yard, which now includes a tennis court.
RIGHT: Razor wire adorns the walls and fences at San Quentin State Prison, which houses more than 5,000 inmates.
RIGHT: San Quentin is the state’s oldest prison and has a reputation of being one of its toughest.
RIGHT: At San Quentin, there’s always a fence — or a set of bars — to look through.
RIGHT: Raphael Calix watches the activity on one of the blocks at San Quentin. Calix is a regular on the tennis court.
RIGHT: Inmates congregate in the hall on one of the blocks.
RIGHT: Ronnie Mohamed stands in his cell, which was designed for one person but now holds two people because of overcrowding in the state’s prison system. On the wall hangs a poster of women’s tennis champion Serena Williams.
RIGHT: Razor wire lines the walls of San Quentin, which houses California’s death row inmates.
RIGHT: James Taylor, a tennis regular, emerges from his cell at San Quentin.
RIGHT: High walls surround the prison, which was built in 1852 overlooking San Francisco Bay.
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*The Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP) is a branch of the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR).
Our mission, as part of CDCR, is to help offenders leave prison with better job or career skills, education, life skills, and confidence, so they can succeed in their futures despite past obstacles. To accomplish this, DRP provides numerous rehabilitative programs and services to both prison inmates and parolees. Evidence shows successful rehabilitation is good for communities in a multitude of ways, including a significant reduction in criminal recidivism.