San Quentin State Prison (SQ) – San Quentin, CA
Location: North of San Francisco, Marin County
Design Capacity: 3082
Budget: $184 million
California’s oldest and most infamous prison, San Quentin has the state’s only death row for male prisoners. Currently holding 734 men, it is also the largest death row in the Western hemisphere. From 1996 to 2006, the death penalty has been administered by lethal injection. The practice has been halted as the courts review whether execution protocols constitute cruel and unusual punishment.
[Photo by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation]