California will soon let 700 death row inmates move from San Quentin

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More than 700 inmates on California‘s death row in San Quentin will soon have the opportunity to transfer to eight other prisons in the state, where they could mingle with general population and access rehabilitation and work programs.

The change is the unintended result of a 2016 ballot initiative that sought to speed executions, a plan that came to naught when Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom issued a death penalty moratorium soon after taking office.

The pending transfer of death row inmates from notorious San Quentin has outraged victim’s rights advocates, with one former district attorney calling it a ‘slap to the face.’

California has the largest death row in the country, with at least 750 condemned inmates, but has not carried out an execution since 2006. 

Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom issued a death penalty moratorium in March 2019 (above) and now death row inmates will soon be able to transfer from San Quentin

Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom issued a death penalty moratorium in March 2019 (above) and now death row inmates will soon be able to transfer from San Quentin

Currently, 728 male inmates are housed on San Quentin's (above) death row and another 22 women condemned to die are housed at the Central California Women's Facility

Currently, 728 male inmates are housed on San Quentin’s (above) death row and another 22 women condemned to die are housed at the Central California Women’s Facility

San Quentin is the home of California's death row for male inmates, but a new policy change will allow condemned men to transfer to eight other prisons in the state

San Quentin is the home of California’s death row for male inmates, but a…



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