News Releases


The execution of Bill Bradford, convicted of murder in Los Angeles County in 1988, has been set by court order for August 18, 1998 at San Quentin State Prison.

Access Inquiries:

Direct all requests and inquiries regarding access to San Quentin to the California Department of Corrections Communications Office in Sacramento, which is responsible for all media credentials. Requests are due by close of business August 07, 1998.


Up to 125 news media representatives will be admitted to the media center building at San Quentin to attend news briefings and a news conference with members of the media witness pool after the execution. To accommodate as many media firms as possible, each news media organization applying will be limited to one (1) representative. Firms selected to send a news reporter to witness the execution will be allowed a separate representative for the media center.

Audio/Video/Still photos:

In anticipation that interest may exceed space, pool arrangements may be necessary for video/audio feeds and still photos from inside the media center. The pool will be limited to two (2) television camera operators, two (2) still photographers and one (1) audio engineer. The Northern California Radio Television News Director’s Association and the Radio Television News Association in southern California arrange the pool.

Live Broadcasts:

Broadcast microwave and satellite vans and their support personnel providing “live feeds” will be permitted in a parking lot adjacent to the In-Service Training (IST) building. Space is limited to about 30 vehicles, including an electrical power generator, if necessary. Television and radio stations are limited to one (1) satellite or microwave vehicle.

TV Technicians:’

Television satellite or microwave broadcast vehicles will be permitted three (3) support personnel (engineer, camera operator, and producer).

Radio Technicians:

Radio broadcast vehicles will be allowed two (2) support personnel (engineer and producer).


For media credentials, send a written request signed by the news department manager on company letterhead with the names of the proposed representatives, their dates of birth, driver’s license numbers, social security numbers, and size of vehicle for live broadcast purposes to:

CDC Communications
1515 S Street, Room 113S
P.O. Box 942883
Sacramento, CA 94283-0001

All written requests must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, August 07, 1998. Media witnesses will be selected from the requests received at that time. Telephone requests will NOT be accepted.

Security clearances are required for each individual applying for access to San Quentin. The clearance process will begin after the application deadline. No assurances can be provided that security clearances for requests, including personnel substitutions, received after the filing period closes August 7 will be completed in time to permit access to the prison August 17.


The media center 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 Bell Telephone. Pacific Bell will coordinate the actual installation with San Quentin. There is one soft drink vending machine at the media center. Media personnel should bring their own food.