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December 18, 2004

San Quentin to Expand (Probably)

The NYT reports that California is about to spend $220 million to build a bigger death row adjacent to the current one at San Quentin. There are 641 condemned inmates currently there, and only 10 people have been killed since the death penalty was reinstated in 1977.

The expansion of death row is being met by opposition from folks in Marin County who point out that moving the prison to cheaper land would free up a beautiful piece of San Francisco Bay real estate, worth as much as $750 million.

For further information on why the death penalty is inhumane, please see Women's International League for Peace and Freedom's comprehensive issue page.

Posted by cj at December 18, 2004 1:22 PM


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