Capital Punishment

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Inmates on Condemned Status

Pursuant to state law, all male prisoners on condemned status are housed at a maximum-security custody level in designated units at San Quentin State Prison. Females are housed in a maximum-security unit at Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla. The number of condemned inmates has increased steadily since 1978. A statistical summary updated monthly of all condemned inmates currently under the supervision of CDCR and related material about capital punishment is available on this website.

The California Attorney General’s Office handles post-conviction proceedings and the appellate process for people sentenced to death. This process is explained in their publication, “A Victim’s Guide to the Capital Case Process.”


The amendment of Section 3349 and the adoption of Sections 3349.1, 3349.2, 3349.3, 3349.4, 3349.5, 3349.6, 3349.7, 3349.8, and 3349.9 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 15, Crime Prevention and Corrections, to incorporate into the CCR provisions concerning the administration of the death penalty by lethal injection is available at this link.