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Jarvis Jay Masters

Jarvis Jay Masters lives on death row in San Quentin, California. He is the author of Finding Freedom: Writings from Death Row (Padma Publishing).

— From February 1998
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

A Buddhist On Death Row

When the cell doors slammed shut behind me, I found myself inside the first tier of the security housing unit. I didn’t know what to expect. I knew only that I had been relocated to what was considered the “crazy tier” by some, and the worst place in San Quentin by everyone. I was among the worst of the worst.

February 1998
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