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San Quentin State Prison, California, USA

October 21st, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 
 

San Quentin State Prison is located on 432 acres (1.7 km²) on Point Quentin in Marin County, California, United States, north of San Francisco. San Quentin State Prison was opened in July 1852, and is the oldest prison in California. It was built by inmates who were housed on the prison ship Waban during the construction. San Quentin held both male and female inmates until 1933 when the women's prison at Tehachapi was built.

The state's male death row is located at San Quentin, as well as its only gas chamber. In recent years, however, the gas chamber has been used to carry out lethal injections.

It has its own ZIP Code, 94964; the surrounding area is 94974. It is bordered by the water of the San Francisco Bay to the south and east and by Interstate 580, just after it crosses the bay on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.

In 1941 the first prison meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous took place at San Quentin; in commemoration of this the 25-millionth copy of the A.A. "Big Book" was presented to Jill Brown, of San Quentin, at the International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

On February 24, 1969, Johnny Cash played in front of inmates. The concert was released on record and filmed by Granada Television.

In 2003, Metallica filmed the video for the song St. Anger inside San Quentin, playing to enthusiastic inmates.

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Source for all inmates except Masters, Sands, and Williams: Los Angeles Times article: "San Quentin

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