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San Quentin State Prison (SQ)

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Physical Address:
San Quentin, CA 94964
(415) 454-1460
Inmate Mailing Address:
Inmate's Name, CDC #
San Quentin State Prison
San Quentin, CA 94974

Warden Chappell
Kevin Chappell,
Warden




San Quentin State Prison - Mission Statement

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.

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