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19.40/42 Editor’s Note

Greetings readers of The Beat Within! Welcome to our latest double issue, 19.39/40, of writing and art from inside juvenile hall and beyond.  We are thrilled to share the many-many stories and poems coming out of this fabulous one-of-a-kind issue, from the youngsters we meet each week in our weekly writing workshops, to our BWO contributors from all over the USA.

This past Sunday this editor and a few colleagues had the privilege to lead The Beat Within writing workshops inside San Quentin State Prison. Talk about a treat and an unforgettable experience!  Thanks to our colleague and friend, Karin Drucker, we were introduced to Kid C.A.T. (Creating Awareness Together) this past summer. Kid C.A.T. is a group of incredibly gifted men who committed their crimes during their youth and are now serving life sentences. The men of Kid C.A.T. seek to make amends for their past actions through restorative practices and making a positive impact on the society they once harmed by sharing their writings with us at The Beat. read more