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Posted 07.11.13 | PERMALINK | ESSAY

Catherine Gudis & Molly McGarry: Geographies of Detention



San Quentin State Prison (SQ) – San Quentin, CA

Location: North of San Francisco, Marin County
Opened: 1852
Staff: 3710
Design Capacity: 3082
Population: 4101
Budget: $184 million
432 acres

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]

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ABOUT THE ESSAY

Geographies of Detention
On Places, an exhibition of art and documentary work, by Sandow Birk, Alyse Emdur, Richard Ross and the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, that investigates prison landscapes.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Catherine Gudis is an associate professor of history and director of public history at the University of California, Riverside.
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Molly McGarry is an associate professor of history at the University of California, Riverside.
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