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  • Calif. serial killer Richard Ramirez dies

    06/07/2013 9:43:09 AM PDT · by DFG · 36 replies
    sfgate ^ | 06/07/13 | AP
    California corrections officials say convicted serial killer Richard Ramirez, known as the Night Stalker, has died in prison. San Quentin State Prison spokesman Lt. Sam Robinson says Ramirez died Friday morning. Ramirez was convicted of 13 murders that terrorized Southern California in 1984 and '85, and sentenced to death. Satanic symbols were left at murder scenes and some victims were forced to "swear to Satan" by the killer, who entered homes through unlocked windows and doors. Ramirez was captured and beaten in 1985 by residents of an East Los Angeles neighborhood while attempting a carjacking.
  • CA: Capitalism's Last Stand - Start-Up Mania Hits San Quentin Prison as Inmates Turn Entrepreneurs

    02/25/2013 6:27:47 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 25 February 2013 | Daily Mail (U.K.)
    Start-up mania hits San Quentin prison as inmates turn entrepreneurs One by one, the entrepreneurs, clad in crisp blue jeans and armed with PowerPoint presentations, stood before a roomful of investors and tech bloggers to explain their dreams of changing the world. For these exuberant times in Silicon Valley, the scene was familiar; the setting, less so. With the young and ambitious flocking again to northern California to launch Internet companies, there were signs one recent morning that start-up mania has taken hold even behind the faded granite walls of California's most notorious prison. 'Live stream has gone mainstream. Mobile...
  • San Quentin inmate on killing a Novato man: 'The innocence of a child will be defended

    04/05/2012 11:55:25 AM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    Marin Independent Journal ^ | 4/4/12 | Gary Klien
    The San Quentin inmate who murdered another prisoner to avenge a Novato girl's death read a statement of condolence Wednesday to the girl's family. "The innocence of a child will be defended at all costs," said Frank Souza, referring to 9-year-old Melody Osheroff, who was killed by a drunken motorcyclist in 2009. The motorcyclist, Edward Schaefer, was convicted of murder, manslaughter and other charges in 2010 and sent to San Quentin State Prison. Less than two weeks later, Souza ambushed him in a prison yard and gouged him repeatedly with a makeshift metal spear. Souza, 33, eventually pleaded guilty to...
  • Inmate who killed, sodomized mother dies on death row

    04/03/2012 6:31:15 PM PDT · by SmithL · 26 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/3/12 | Marisa Lagos
    A 53-year-old death row inmate died of natural causes Tuesday morning at San Quentin State Prison, according to prison authorities. Frank Manuel Abilez, who was sentenced to death for the 1996 murder and sodomy of his 68-year-old mother in Los Angeles County, was found unresponsive in his cell Tuesday morning, said Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Lt. Sam Robinson.
  • 700 Gather Outside San Quentin for Occupy Protest (Occupiers Now Coddle Killers & Rapists)

    02/21/2012 7:42:09 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Tuesday, February 21, 2012 | John Wildermuth
    700 gather outside San Quentin for Occupy protest As many as 700 peaceful Occupy demonstrators gathered outside San Quentin State Prison this afternoon as part of a nationwide effort to call for prison reform. "It's been an amazing day," said Crystal Bybee, a spokeswoman for the local Occupy 4 Prisoners group. "We've had hundreds of people out here reading messages from prisoners and speaking out about issues that are important to us." Among the reforms protest organizers are calling for are elimination of solitary confinement, a ban on the death penalty and an end to California's "three-strikes" law. The protest...
  • Judge to tour California's death chamber

    12/23/2010 5:29:44 PM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies · 1+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/23/10 | PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press
    San Francisco, CA (AP) -- A federal judge who halted lethal injections in California over concerns that it was cruel and unusual punishment plans to tour the state's new death chamber in February. U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel on Wednesday told attorneys representing a death row inmate who filed a lawsuit and the state attorney general's office that he wants to hold a hearing at San Quentin State Prison sometime in February. Fogel is determining whether the state's new lethal injection procedure is constitutional. Fogel halted executions in early 2006 and ordered prison officials to improve their lethal injection...
  • Timing of Calif. execution questioned

    09/25/2010 11:06:24 AM PDT · by granite · 21 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | 12:34 p.m. Saturday, September 25, 2010 | By PAUL ELIAS
    SAN FRANCISCO — San Quentin Prison's warden walked to the death row cell of Albert Greenwood Brown on Aug. 31 and read a "death warrant" informing him of his scheduled execution this week. The lawyers wasted no time in blaming election-year politics, saying that Attorney General Jerry Brown's office initiated the execution because Brown is locked in a tight campaign battle with Republican Meg Whitman.
  • San Quentin inmate found dead in cell

    08/30/2010 9:51:24 AM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies
    Marin Independent Journal ^ | 8/29/10 | Jessica Bernstein-Wax
    A prison guard doing routine checks found a 70-year-old San Quentin inmate dead in his death row cell early Saturday, prison officials said. George Hatton Smithey apparently hanged himself with his bed sheets, Lt. Sam Robinson said. Smithey had been on death row since July 1989 for the 1988 murder and attempted rape of Cheryl Anne Nesler during the commission of an armed robbery and burglary, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement. Earlier this week a Calaveras County Superior Court judge reduced Smithey's sentence to life without the possibility of parole after prosecutors determined he...
  • DUI murderer from Marin is killed in prison

    07/27/2010 6:06:59 PM PDT · by csvset · 35 replies
    SFGATE ^ | July 27, 2010 | Henry K. Lee
    SAN QUENTIN STATE PRISON -- A man newly arrived at San Quentin State Prison after being convicted of murder and drunken driving in the death of a 9-year-old Novato girl was fatally stabbed by another inmate, authorities said Tuesday. Edward John Schaefer, 44, of Novato was stabbed in the chest and neck at about 10:35 a.m. Monday in the prison's reception center yard and died that night, said Lt. Sam Robinson, prison spokesman. The suspect is Frank Anthony Souza, 31, a convicted murderer from San Jose, Robinson said. Souza had fashioned a homemade weapon, authorities said. Schaefer was killed just...
  • San Quentin Inmates - Earn Seminary diplomas

    07/06/2010 9:40:01 PM PDT · by cakid1 · 3 replies
    cbs47 ^ | 7-6-10 | cakid1
    You probably won't see this story from the main stream media but inmates at San Quentin are not only being saved but they're also being trained to save others.
  • Oops. San Quentin Mistakenly Releases Inmate

    04/08/2010 12:07:47 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 370+ views
    An inmate imprisoned for fleeing officers in Alameda County apparently was mistakenly released from San Quentin. According to the Solano County District Attorney's Office, Dante Rodgers was supposed to appear in Superior Court on Tuesday on new charges of committing battery while in prison. After being bounced between two state prisons and Solano County Jail, however, Rodgers has gone missing. Rodgers was about to be paroled from the California Medical Facility last month after serving time on a charge of evading peace officers in Alameda County. But he picked up a new charge of battery upon a non-inmate at the...
  • SAINT QUENTIN Apostle of Amiens, Martyr at Rome (†287)

    10/31/2009 4:04:12 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 292+ views
    Magnificat ^ | 1882 | Msgr. Paul Guérin
    October 31 Spiritual Bouquet: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Phil. 4:4 SAINT QUENTIN Apostle of Amiens, Martyr at Rome Saint Quentin was a Roman, descended from a senatorial family. Full of zeal for the kingdom of Jesus Christ, he left his country and went into Gaul, accompanied by eleven other apostles sent from Rome. They separated to extend their campaign of evangelization to the various regions of France. Saint Quentin remained at Amiens and endeavored by his prayers and labors to make that region part of Our Lord’s inheritance. By the force of his words and...
  • California plans to sell San Quentin prison

    05/14/2009 11:03:18 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 32 replies · 916+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/15/2009
    The California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, wants to sell state property, including the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and San Quentin State Prison, to raise $600 million to $1 billion over the next two to five years. He said that thousands of state employees must be laid off and billions of dollars must be slashed from the budget to deal with a deficit that tops $15 billion and could widen again within days. The state approved billions in budget cuts and revenue increases earlier this year but they were not enough to keep up with a sharp drop in tax revenue as...
  • Schwarzenegger to propose selling San Quentin

    05/14/2009 8:32:54 AM PDT · by NoRedTape · 10 replies · 418+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 5-13-2009 | Mike Zapler
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today will propose selling San Quentin Prison, the Los Angeles Coliseum and other state-owned properties in a bid to raise cash to counter the state's daunting budget shortfall. He also wants to accelerate the sale of Agnews Developmental Center, the 81-acre facility on the north edge of San Jose that closed its doors in March after 120 years.........
  • Report: Governor wants to sell San Quentin, Cow Palace

    05/14/2009 7:23:42 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 13 replies · 612+ views
    bizjournals ^ | May 14, 2009,
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to sell a number of state-owned properties, including San Quentin State Penitentiary in Marin County and the Cow Palace in Daly City, to raise money for the cash-strapped state, the LA Times reports. The Times obtained a copy of the govenor’s proposal, which estimates that the state could raise between $600 million and $1 billion. Other properties on the list include the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Orange County Fairgrounds, the Del Mar Fairground, the Ventura County Fairgrounds and the Cal Expo in Sacramento, the site of the state fair.
  • Gov. Proposes Selling L.A. Coliseum, Other Properties To Raise Cash

    05/13/2009 5:55:01 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 30 replies · 856+ views
    LA Times ^ | May 13th 2009
    Gov. proposes selling L.A. Coliseum, other properties to raise cash Other state assets that could be put on the block include San Quentin State Prison and the Orange County Fairgrounds. The move could raise between $600 million and $1 billion, according to a proposal. By Michael Rothfeld May 13, 2009 Reporting from Sacramento -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to sell the Los Angeles Coliseum, San Quentin State Prison, the Orange County Fairgrounds and other state property to raise cash amid the state's growing fiscal crisis, according to a copy of a proposal reviewed by The Times. Sale of the properties,...
  • San Quentin riot sends guard to hospital

    04/17/2009 9:16:30 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 473+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 4/17/9 | Jim Staats, Bay Area News Group
    A riot Thursday morning in San Quentin State Prison was quelled after about 15 minutes and resulted in minor injuries to a guard, a prison spokesman said. The incident began at about 10 a.m. in a dining hall filled with about 450 inmates from a reception area in the prison's west block,
  • San Quentin Seen as a Hot Property

    03/18/2009 8:29:58 AM PDT · by KingofZion · 21 replies · 820+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 18, 2009 | Bobby White
    Even amid the real-estate bust, waterfront property in the San Francisco Bay area is a luxury few can afford. That's why some California lawmakers want to sell San Quentin State Prison -- which houses more than 5,300 inmates on prime land with stunning views of the bay -- to developers who might pay as much as $2 billion. State Sen. Jeff Denham, who has sponsored a bill to sell the complex of historic buildings for private development, thinks the proceeds could help replenish California's recession-depleted coffers. "I believe maximum-security inmates shouldn't have waterfront property," said Mr. Denham, a Republican from...
  • 3 years later, state executions still on hold [Kalifornia]

    02/23/2009 3:25:17 PM PST · by KingofZion · 6 replies · 381+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 23, 2009 | Bob Egelko
    It's been three years since the night a federal judge blocked an execution at San Quentin State Prison because of concerns that the state's haphazard lethal injection methods could inflict prolonged and excruciating pain on a condemned inmate, violating the U.S. Constitution. Today, the state is no closer to executing the Stockton murderer-rapist who was to have died that night, Michael Morales, or any of the other 679 prisoners on the nation's largest death row. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration says it's trying to break the logjam by agreeing to let the public comment on proposed new procedures for executing convicts,...
  • JUST ASKIN' XXXIX - CLOSING THE QUANTUM LOOP

    05/14/2007 8:40:07 AM PDT · by firehat · 3 replies · 673+ views
    FIREHAT ^ | May 13, 2007 | Norman Liebmann
    JUST ASKIN’: XXXlX CLOSING THE QUANTUM LOOP © by Norman Liebmann Just askin’: Isn’t it time we started building an asylum in Washington for the Incorrigibly Compassionate? Just askin’: Shouldn’t they make a movie about the panelists on “The View “and call it “The Charge of the Spite Brigade”? And shouldn’t Barbara Walters hire a TV Director with a degree in Gynecology to give us an alternate view of the panel? Just askin’: In the best of all possible worlds, will the swarthy people of Islam blow themselves to swarthereens? Just askin’: Now that shock-jock Don Imus’ career has been...
  • Time’s Up, Clarence

    01/16/2006 1:33:12 PM PST · by IntheHillsGolden · 13 replies · 1,449+ views
    LA Weekly ^ | January 13-19 2006 | MICHAEL KRIKORIAN
    Time’s Up, ClarenceWhy the crowds aren’t shouting to spare an aged death-row inmate by MICHAEL KRIKORIAN via the LA Weekly(excerpted)"While serving a life sentence at Folsom State Prison for a murder for hire in Fresno, he arranged for the killings of the witnesses in his case. His apparent rationale was that he would get a retrial and, boom, voilà, there would be no witnesses because they had all been mysteriously murdered. Not the brightest guy in the joint, this Allen.The tragedy starts in 1974. According to court documents..........
  • Death Row Inmates Lawyer Responds To Opposition For Clemency

    12/27/2005 12:57:46 PM PST · by KingofZion · 26 replies · 1,531+ views
    KCBS ^ | 12/27/2005 | KCBS
    KCBS) - The lawyer for the next inmate scheduled for execution at San Quentin has renewed his argument for clemency, appealing to the governor to spare what remains of 75-year-old Clarence Ray Allen's life. Allen is scheduled to die by lethal injection on January 17, one day after his 76th birthday. He would be the oldest inmate California has ever put to death. His attorney, Michael Satris, argues in a clemency letter sent to Governor Schwarzenegger on Tuesday that killing such an old man is "cruel and unusual" under both the state and federal constitutions. "He poses no danger to...
  • Emotions run high outside San Quentin's gates [«Dead man walking» - Sean Penn, crying!]

    12/13/2005 9:21:23 AM PST · by Goldwater-Reagan Republican · 132 replies · 3,731+ views
    As the crowd outside San Quentin State Prison was told after midnight this morning that Tookie Williams was dead, a lone voice cried out, "Shame." Then the throng took up the chant, "Tookie, Tookie, Tookie, Tookie." "Despite what happened tonight, people do not feel defeated, as you can hear," said Jeff Boyette of San Francisco, a Williams supporter in his 20s. "I think people see tonight just how unjust the system is," added Sarah Poole, another young death penalty opponent from San Francisco. Moments earlier, as the execution time neared, there were tears as people sang "We Shall Overcome." With...
  • (Tookie) You'd die for a table at the most exclusive diner in all California

    12/11/2005 8:15:22 PM PST · by doug from upland · 86 replies · 2,588+ views
    timesonline.co.uk ^ | 12-6-05 | Ayers
    You'd die for a table at the most exclusive diner in all California LA Notebook by Chris Ayres THE MOST exclusive restaurant in California is located a few miles north of San Francisco and has been in business since 1852. It is exclusive because patrons can request in advance exactly what they want to eat, thus avoiding the inconvenience of a menu, and because it has served only seven customers — yes, seven — in the past decade. There is, however, one significant downside to the cachet of eating at this establishment: the after-dinner cocktail is served in a syringe,...
  • Dec. 9 JOHN AND KEN SHOW - 5pm Pacific TOOKIE MUST DIE HOUR ^

    12/09/2005 4:10:53 PM PST · by doug from upland · 51 replies · 1,143+ views
    KFI LOS ANGELES | 12-9-05 | dfu
    LISTEN ONLINE TO JOHN AND KEN - KFI 640 at 5pm Pacific If things go as planned, the TOOKIE MUST DIE HOUR shows are dwindling down to the final few -- today's show, a Monday show, and then a celebratory show on Tuesday after the big event.
  • Former Prosecutor Releases Statement on Expected Execution of Stanley 'Tookie' Williams

    12/09/2005 11:08:29 AM PST · by doug from upland · 20 replies · 970+ views
    emediawire.com ^ | 12-9-05 | Prosper
    Former War Crimes Prosecutor & Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues, Pierre Prosper, releases statement regarding the execution of Stanley "Tookie" Williams. A former prosecutor in Los Angeles County, Prosper offers support for the jury and the Los Angeles District Attorney. Los Angeles (PRWEB) December 9, 2005 -- From the office of the Prosper for Attorney General Campaign, the following statement from former United States Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues, Pierre-Richard Prosper, was released on Thursday, December 8, 2005. "Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is holding clemency review for the co-founder of the infamous Crips street gang and convicted...
  • THE TOOKIE WILLIAMS LEGACY - Los Angeles gang-related crimes in 2004

    12/07/2005 9:47:30 PM PST · by doug from upland · 39 replies · 1,041+ views
    L.A. County D.A. ^ | 2005 | L.A. County D.A.
    Pursuant to the L.A. County's recent presentation of arguments in the Tookie Williams case, the following are their crime statistics for gang-related crimes in the city of Los Angeles in 2004. HOMICIDES: 291 ATTEMPTED HOMICIDES: 717 FELONY ASSAULTS: 2,616 ATTACKS ON POLICE: 61 ROBBERIES: 2,308 KIDNAPPINGS: 44 RAPES: 36 WITNESS INTIMIDATION: 754 ACTS OF EXTORTION: 20 CARJACKINGS: 188 It must be noted that these are only those crimes where victims were brave enough to contact the police and in just the city of Los Angeles. The actual number of crimes is likely significantly higher. The quadruple murderer (probably more), the...
  • Dec. 2 JOHN AND KEN SHOW - 5pm Pacific TOOKIE MUST DIE HOUR

    12/02/2005 4:39:55 PM PST · by doug from upland · 21 replies · 993+ views
    KFI Los Angeles | 12-2-05 | DFU
    John and Ken continue the TOOKIE MUST DIE HOUR at 5pm Pacific on their show each weekday until Tookie is gone. Listen online and get in on the fun. If anyone wants to call -- 1.800.5201.KFI Listen online -- LISTEN TO KFI ONLINE STREAMING
  • CA: San Quentin prison should be closed, politicians say

    05/21/2005 5:18:11 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 35 replies · 929+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | May 21, 2005 | Associated Press
    SAN QUENTIN – Maligning San Quentin State Prison as "an expensive mistake," two state politicians this week urged officials to shutter the aging facility to save cash-strapped California millions of dollars. They also urged the state to back away from a plan to spend $220 million to improve the prison's death row facility. The California Department of Corrections is scheduled to break ground on a new death row this fall on 40 acres west of the existing prison on the San Francisco Bay in scenic Marin County. The legislators support a bill set to go before the Assembly Appropriations Committee...
  • Scott Peterson's Father Breaks His Silence

    05/06/2005 11:10:03 AM PDT · by Howlin · 153 replies · 4,332+ views
    KGO-TV ^ | May 6, 2005
    May 6 (ABC7) — Scott Peterson's father is breaking months of silence, lashing out at the Modesto Police Department and the media for his son's murder conviction. Local Headlines 'Finger' Lady On Her Way To San Jose Cinco de Mayo Celebration Gets Violent 72-Hour Ultimatum Issued For East Bay Hostage Scott Peterson's Father Breaks His Silence 12 Sex Predators Arrested In South Bay Castro Valley Double Shooting Suspect Wanted 2,000 S.F. Phone Customers Without Service Through Weekend 'Subway Bandit' Pleads Not Guilty In South Bay More local news... In a letter to the Modesto Bee, Lee Peterson says: "My son...
  • A Tale of Two Murderers - Scott Peterson & Michael Schaivo

    03/22/2005 8:22:03 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 36 replies · 888+ views
    THE REALITY CHECK.ORG ^ | MARCH 22, 2005 | DOUG PATTON
    "Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness; it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest.” - W. H. Auden This is the story of two discontent husbands. Both of them had become tired of standing by their vows to love, honor and cherish the women they had married, and so each became involved in an adulterous affair with another woman. Both men had the option of simply divorcing their wives and moving...
  • San Quentin is Scott Peterson's new home

    03/17/2005 9:16:51 AM PST · by LouAvul · 91 replies · 3,107+ views
    sacbee ^ | 3-17-05
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - They can hear the waves lapping along the shore. But most inmates on San Quentin's death row rarely catch a glimpse of the San Francisco Bay. And that may be just fine with Scott Peterson, who was transported to San Quentin early Thursday, a day after being sentenced to death for murdering his pregnant wife and dumping her body into the bay near the Berkeley Marina - about 10 miles, as the crow flies, from where he'll likely spend the rest of his life. Peterson has become the 644th prisoner awaiting death in San Quentin's execution...
  • Death, life, new trial? Peterson finds out today

    03/16/2005 9:59:57 AM PST · by Howlin · 194 replies · 3,005+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 16, 2005 | 9News.com
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Shackled at the waist, Scott Peterson returned to court Wednesday to learn his fate for the slaying of his wife and her fetus, four months after jurors found the former fertilizer salesman guilty of their murders. Peterson was escorted into San Mateo County Superior Court under heavy security, wearing a dark suit and handcuffs chained to his waist. Ten of the 12 jurors who sentenced him to death in December sat in the jury box. Judge Alfred A. Delucchi was set to decide Wednesday whether to grant the former fertilizer salesman a new trial, sentence him...
  • Kwanzaa -- Racist Holiday from Hell

    12/29/2004 1:06:19 AM PST · by kattracks · 14 replies · 5,223+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 12/29/04 | Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson
    While public officials, schools, and the ACLU worked overtime this year to ban every vestige of Christmas from the public square, the recently invented holiday known as Kwanzaa is gaining in popularity among black Americans. These occurrences are not unrelated. In an earlier time, blacks held a strong faith in God. But over the past 40 years, the black community has largely let God slip away. Sure the community has maintained the outer trappings of religion, but the solid morality at its core is nearly gone. Enter a God-hating black racist named Ron Karenga. Born Ron Everett on a poultry farm...
  • San Quentin Inmates Join 'Operation Mom' to Support Troops

    08/02/2004 3:29:14 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 12 replies · 464+ views
    DoD-AFPS ^ | August 2, 2004 | Donna Miles
    San Quentin Inmates Join 'Operation Mom' to Support Troops By Donna MilesAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Aug. 2, 2004 — About 50 military veterans in California's San Quentin State Prison joined forces with volunteers from "Operation Mom" over the weekend to wrap 430 care packages for shipment to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Vietnam Veterans Group of San Quentin worked side by side with members of Operation Mom, a support group based in the San Francisco Bay area, to wrap boxes of hygiene items, snacks and letters of encouragement. The San Quentin group, made up of honorably discharged...
  • CA: Davis seeks to build new death row at San Quentin

    01/14/2003 10:51:08 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 269+ views
    SJ Mercury News ^ | 1/14/03 | Ethan Rarick
    <p>Gov. Gray Davis is proposing that California make room for more condemned inmates, even as Illinois' decision to empty its death row has reignited the national debate over capital punishment.</p> <p>The state budget Davis proposed last week includes $220 million to build a new, state-of-the-art death row at California's historic San Quentin Prison, state officials say. The new facility would hold up to 1,000 men awaiting execution, allowing for a big expansion from the state's current death row of 603, officials said.</p>
  • California's Oldest Prison Turns 150 (San Quentin)

    07/06/2002 9:19:51 AM PDT · by American Preservative · 2 replies · 559+ views
    sfgate.com ^ | July 5, 2002 | Michelle Locke, Associated Press Writer
    <p>John Whearty was a young man of 22 with a shock of curly dark hair when he first took up his post in a guard tower at San Quentin State Prison.</p> <p>Prison officials gave him a .38 revolver, a 12-gauge shotgun and a crash course in corrections.</p>