The California Department of Corrections is processing security clearances for media firms requesting to send representatives to San Quentin State Prison for the February 23 execution of William Bonin.
The following information should be distributed to all media representatives that will be involved as witnesses or participants of the news conference at San Quentin State Prison.
On February 22, media may enter the West Gate of San Quentin between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. For security purposes, two forms of identification will be required. One must be an official photo ID such as driver’s license, passport, or state-issued identification card. Only those credentialed for the news conference will be permitted. Any media representative that leaves the prison after 2:00 p.m. will not be permitted to return at a later time that day.
Media witnesses to the execution may enter as late as 5:00 p.m. through the West Gate of the prison.
Do not wear blue, black, or gray denim clothing or yellow raincoats. It is illegal to bring alcohol, drugs, or weapons into a California State Prison. Vehicles and individuals entering a California State Prison are subject to search.
Private vehicles, except for designated microwave or satellite broadcast trucks, will be parked near the West Gate. After credentials are confirmed, reporters will be transported by prison shuttle to the Media Center.
A video/audio feed for broadcasters of the media witness news conference is limited to 2 camera operators and 2 audio technicians. The broadcast vans facilitating distribution of the feed will be parked closest to the building.
Media movement will be restricted to the Media Center (IST building) and broadcast support area. No access will be permitted to the East Gate.
Still photos of the news conference will be provided by an Associated Press pool photographer.
Media witnesses to the execution will be escorted to the IST building immediately after leaving the witness observation area. Media witnesses must agree to make themselves available to members of the pool for interviews after the initial press conference.
Media organizations selected to send witnesses as representatives of the media pool are Associated Press; United Press International; San Diego Union-Tribune; Los Angeles Times; San Francisco Chronicle; Sacramento Bee; Orange County Register; Los Angeles Daily News; Long Beach Press-Telegram; KNBC-TV (NBC) Los Angeles; KCAL-TV (CNN) Los Angeles; KNX radio Los Angeles; KFI radio Los Angeles; KPIX TV (CBS) San Francisco; KGO radio San Francisco; KQED radio San Francisco; and KXTV-TV (ABC) Sacramento.
The media pool is making arrangements for a catering truck and a power generator. Access should be coordinated with pool organizers, NorCal RTNDA Darryl Compton at (415) 341-9978 or SoCal RTNA Carolyn Fox at (818) 986-8168
The IST building has 60 amp electrical service with a limited number of outlets. There are 7 pay telephones. Media orders for private telephone hookups must be arranged with Pacific Telephone.
Questions should be directed to Tip Kindel or Christine May at the Department of Corrections Headquarters at (916) 445-4950.
Media firms requesting credentials will be notified by telephone or tele-fax Tuesday, February 20, of representatives authorized to enter San Quentin on February 22.