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The California Department of Corrections will be processing security clearances for media firms requesting to send representatives to San Quentin State Prison for the April 14 execution of Horace Kelly, should it proceed as scheduled.

All requests for media credentials must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 1998. The written request must be signed by the news department manager on company letterhead with the names of the media organization’s proposed representatives, their dates of birth, driver’s license numbers, social security numbers, and the size of the vehicle (for broadcast van access) to:

CDC Communications
1515 S Street, Room 113S
P.O. Box 942338
Sacramento, CA 94283-0001

Please specify if the request also is to be included in the media witness pool selection process. The drawing, based on selection criteria, will be conducted from requests received by CDC Communications by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, 1998.

Security clearances are required for each individual applying for access to San Quentin. The clearance process will begin after the application deadline. Security clearances for requests received after the deadline, including those for personnel substitutions, may not be completed in time to permit access to the prison April 13.

Each news media organization applying will be limited to one representative to the media center. Firms selected to send a news reporter to witness the execution will be allowed a separate representative for the media center.

There will be a video/audio/still photo pool. The broadcast pool is being arranged by the Northern California Radio Television News Directors Association and the Radio Television News Association in southern California. The pool will be limited to two television camera operators, two still photographers, and one audio engineer. The media pool also is arranging for the generator to provide electrical power.

Broadcast microwave and satellite vans and their support personnel will be permitted on a space available basis to a parking lot adjacent to the building being used as the media center. Space will be limited to broadcast media transmitting “live” reports. Priority will be given to broadcast media serving viewers in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, and multiple stations statewide. Television vans will be permitted up to four (4) support personnel (engineer, producer, camera operator, and talent) Radio broadcast vans will be allowed three (3) support personnel (engineer, producer, and talent).