San Quentin State Prison is California's oldest correctional facility and has the state's only gas chamber and death row for male inmates. Five years ago, the facilities at San Quentin were deemed too small, cramped, and poorly lit to ensure h
Built in 1852, San Quentin was "an answer to the rampant lawlessness in California at the time." It was coed until the women's prison at Tehachapi was built in 1933.
Male inmates at San Quentin State Prison are housed in three different facilities. As of the 2008/2009 fiscal year, there were 5,247 inmates in a space with a planned
The "walk alone yard" at the Adjustment Center. The Adjustment Center is used to house inmates "who are placed under administrative segregation based on their custodial behavior, notoriety and/or protective needs."
In 1937, the legislature replaced execution by hanging with execution by lethal gas. The San Quentin gas chamber was first used in December 1938.
The witness area for lethal gas executions. In January 1993, California law mandated that condemned inmates be given the choice between lethal gas and lethal injection as methods for capital punishment.