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San Quentin State Prison (SQ)

Contact & Visiting Information


Main Phone: (415) 454-1460

Physical Address:

  • San Quentin, CA 94964

Mailing Address:

  • Inmate Mail: San Quentin State Prison, San Quentin, CA 94974
    (make sure to include Inmate's Name and CDCR number as well as last known housing)

Visiting Hours and Directions

Visiting Schedule (General Public - Non Legal)

Thursday
Visiting Staff Hours:  7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Five (5) Condemned Contact
7:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 12:00 p.m.

Three (3) Grade B
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Eight (8) Reception Center
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.


Saturday and Sunday
Visiting Staff Hours:  7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Three (3) A/C non-contact
 
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m.,
12:30 p.m.

Eleven (11) Reception Center,
non-contact
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m.,
12:30 p.m.

Five (5) Ad-Seg/Grade B,
non-contact
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m.,
12:30 p.m.

Five (5) Condemned (East Block)
 
7:30, a.m., 7:45 a.m., 8:00 a.m.,
9:45 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.,
12:15 p.m., 12:30 p.m.

Five (5) Condemned
(North Segregation)
8:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m.,
 10:45 a.m.

General population visiting hours
7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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Attorney Visiting Schedule

Monday thru Wednesday

Five (5) non-contact
 
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m.,
12:30 p.m.

Eight (8) contact
 
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m.,
12:30 p.m.

One (1) Psych conference room
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Thursday

Three (3) non-contact
 
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m.,
12:30 p.m.

One (1) Psych conference room
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Six (6) Condemned contact
7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Visitor Processing Appointment Scheduling System (VPASS) Information:

San Quentin State Prison is participating in the VPASS pilot program. VPASS is an on-line program used to schedule appointments for visitor processing (contact visits only). New appointment times for SQ become available each Sunday at 7 p.m. For more information about VPASS go to CDCR Visitation. In the event the VPASS appointments are full San Quentin’s non-appointment/walk-up time is 10:30 a.m.


Visiting Assistance:

A CDCR funded Visitor Center is at the institution operated by a community-based organization under contract to CDCR. The Visitor Center provides visiting assistance to family members and friends including a sheltered place to wait before and after visits, transportation to and from local transit terminals, childcare, clothing appropriate for visits on loan, and information about local resources, visiting rules and regulations.

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About San Quentin State Prison

Aerial of San Quentin State PrisonAerial photo. Click image for larger view.

San Quentin State Prison is California’s oldest and best known correctional institution, which was established on the site currently known as Point San Quentin, in July of 1852, as an answer to the rampant lawlessness in California at the time. During its construction, inmates slept on the prison ship, the Waban, at night and labored to build the new prison during the day. San Quentin housed both male and female inmates until 1933 when the women’s prison at Tehachapi was built. The prison rests overlooking the bay on 432 acres, and is located just 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge in the county of Marin. The walled prison is made up of four (4) large cell blocks (West, South, North, and East Block), one (1) maximum security cell block (the Adjustment Center), Central Health Care Service Building, a medium security dorm setting and a minimum security firehouse. The state's only gas chamber and death row for all male condemned inmates are located at San Quentin.

Historical Notes

The area that San Quentin State Prison sits on was originally named, “Puenta de Quentin” after the Native American Chief Quentin (“Kaynteen”). The actual spelling and pronunciation has been obscured in history. However, a 1834 Spanish land grant clearly establishes the name “Puenta de Quentin”. The U.S. Coast Survey Team of 1850 named the site, Point San Quentin.

San Quentin State Prison is California’s oldest correctional institution. It was built in July 1852 on the site known as Point San Quentin, Marin County. The 20 acres of land was purchased for $10.000.

San Quentin was initially established to replace a prison ship known as the Waban. There are no historical proof of facts, but folklore has it that on July 14, 1852, (Bastille Day {French Revolution}) the Waban arrived off shore with 40 to 50 convicts. San Quentin State Prison has been known as the “Bastille by the Bay”.

By October 12, 1852, a contract to build the first cell block had been negotiated.


Warden Davis

About the Warden

Ronald Davis has been warden or acting warden at San Quentin State Prison since 2014.

Davis served as warden at Valley State Prison in Chowchilla from 2012 to 2014 and was chief deputy warden at Avenal State Prison from 2010 to 2012.

He served in several positions at California State Prison, Corcoran, from 2006 to 2010, including correctional administrator, facility captain and correctional captain. Davis was a business manager and correctional lieutenant at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran, from 2002 to 2006. He served in several positions at Salinas Valley State Prison from 1996 to 2002, including lieutenant, sergeant and correctional officer and was a correctional officer at the California Correctional Training Facility, Soledad from 1994 to 1996.