Richard A. Nelson Releases a Memoir


(Sacramento, CA) In the year 2014, it was estimated that, there were 136,000 inmates in the California state prison system.  Technically, the California state prison system is called, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Division of Adult Institutions.  Fascinatingly, the aforementioned organization houses all of its prison inmates, across, three types of prisons.  The three types of prisons are state owned, private prisons and leased prisons.  In reference to, private prisons, it is estimated that 8,763 inmates are housed this way.  Additionally, these private prisons can also be located, outside the State of California.  In reference to, leased prisons, it is estimated that 4,170 inmates are housed this way.  Recently, Richard A. Nelson announced that, he is very familiar with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Division of Adult Institutions.  Additionally, that he retired as an Associate Warden from the California state prison system in the year, 1998.  Specifically, the aforementioned author revealed that, he has released a memoir.  The memoir is entitled, Into Harm’s Way:  My Life in Corrections and the Historic Riot that Nearly Ended it.  In, Into Harm’s Way:  My Life in Corrections and the Historic Riot that Nearly Ended it, Mr. Richard Nelson talks in detail about a historic San Quentin State Prison riot. 
            This historic San Quentin State Prison riot occurred in the year, 1971.  Additionally, it is considered to have changed the way correctional officers, perform their job and duty.  Furthermore, it is made possible by the following book publishing company.  Officially, the book publishing company is, PS Communications.  However and returning to, the California state prison system, the aforementioned organization reports operating 35 facilities.  Out of those 35 facilities, 20 are the major state prisons of the State of California; according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Division of Adult Institutions.  One of those 20 major state prisons, is San Quentin State Prison.  This California prison is specifically for men.  Additionally, it is the home to male inmates, who are on death row.  Interestingly, San Quentin’s death row is considered to be, the largest in the United States of America.  Today, it is reported that, executions are carried out by lethal injection.  However, an execution hasn’t been reported since the year, 2006.  San Quentin State Prison is located north of the City of San Francisco, in Marin County.  San Quentin, the city or town, is officially an unincorporated area.

The List of the 20 Major California State Prisons: 
  • Avenal State Prison.
  • California State Prison, Centinela.
  • California State Prison, Corcoran.
  • California State Prison, Los Angeles County.
  • California State Prison, Sacramento.
  • California State Prison, Solano.
  • Calipatria State Prison.
  • Chuckawalla Valley State Prison.
  • Folsom State Prison.
  • High Desert State Prison.
  • Ironwood State Prison.
  • Kern Valley State Prison.
  • Mule Creek State Prison.
  • North Kern State Prison.
  • Pelican Bay State Prison.
  • Pleasant Valley State Prison.
  • Salinas Valley State Prison.
  • San Quentin State Prison.
  • Valley State Prison.
  • Wasco State Prison.

            Returning to, the historic San Quentin State Prison riot, the aforementioned occurred on August 21st, 1971.  Additionally, it was started by an inmate; George Jackson.  Mr. George Jackson pulled out a gun in a maximum security area, and, the riot lasted for thirty minutes.  At the end of these thirty minutes; three correctional officers, along with, three inmates were dead.  Additionally, it was also discovered that, during these thirty minutes three correctional officers had been brutally tortured.  Fascinatingly and at this time, Richard A. Nelson held the rank of Correctional Lieutenant.  He was also at San Quentin State Prison, on his day off.  During the thirty minute riot, he ran into the maximum security area and became part of it.  Courage, intuition and sense of duty are the character traits that; Richard A. Nelson says helped him survive the riot. 
            Continuing with Nelson’s Into Harm’s Way:  My Life in Corrections and the Historic Riot that Nearly Ended it.  The aforementioned memoir, attempts to be descriptive.  The process of being descriptive begins with untold details.  For this effort, Mr. Richard Nelson includes a dialog from correctional officers, who were present that day.  From this point, he attempts to narrate a minute by minute replay of the 1971 San Quentin State Prison Riot.  The process of being descriptive, then changes to story telling.  In; Into Harm’s Way:  My Life in Corrections and the Historic Riot that Nearly Ended it, Mr. Richard Nelson also attempts to describe for the reader, San Quentin State Prison and Folsom State Prison.  From this point; he attempts to tell stories of oddball convicts, ruthless gang members and mentors.  All of which, contributed to the aftermath of the riot.  The aftermath of the riot, includes important changes to how, the job and duty of correctional officer is performed.   
            Judge Terrence Boren, was a Marin County Deputy District Attorney, in the year 1971.  Additionally, he prosecuted inmates who participated in the riot.  Specifically, the previously said is referred to as, the San Quentin Six Trial.  The latter, lasted for 16 months.  Through a press statement, Judge Terrence Boren said the following.  The specifics of that event and the trial that followed are still mostly clear in my mind—and occasional nightmares.  This book was a masterpiece, the very best of the many attempts to accurately describe the events of August 21, 1971, at San Quentin.” 
            To end and as previously said, Richard A. Nelson retired from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Division of Adult Institutions.  In the year 1998, he retired as an Associate Warden.  His career as a correctional officer is more than 40 years long.  Additionally, Richard A. Nelson is credited with being the Founder of the San Quentin Museum.  As previously stated, Richard A. Nelson recently announced that, he is very familiar with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Division of Adult Institutions.  Additionally, that he retired as an Associate Warden from the California state prison system in the year, 1998.  Specifically, the aforementioned author revealed that, he has released a memoir.  The memoir is entitled, Into Harm’s Way:  My Life in Corrections and the Historic Riot that Nearly Ended it.  In, Into Harm’s Way:  My Life in Corrections and the Historic Riot that Nearly Ended it, Mr. Richard Nelson talks in detail about a historic San Quentin State Prison riot.  Lastly, the book publishing company is, PS Communications.

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12/04/2019

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