Talking about Sell San Quentin prison? Inmates don‘t want to go

Posted: September 17, 2009 in News and politics

 

Sell San Quentin prison? Inmates don‘t want to go Staff and agencies08 June, 2009By EVELYN NIEVES, Associated Press Writer Evelyn Nieves, Associated Press Writer – 9 mins ago The property in question is San Quentin State Prison, a maximum-security penitentiary where some of the state‘s toughest inmates have access to a variety of programs such as tennis and drama, thanks to the many prison volunteers who live in the Bay Area. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed selling the 432-acre prison and several other state-owned properties and using the proceeds to help ease the state‘s $24.3 billion budget deficit. Taylor, who is 35 and serving up to life for murder, had done nearly 10 years in three other state prisons before he asked for a transfer to San Quentin two years ago. Taylor‘s duties include fighting weeds in the courtyard. Prison volunteers come from around the Bay Area and include professional artists, graduate students and professors at nearby universities, including the University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco State University. Others are retirees. Most are experienced teachers in their field. The state recently spent more than $164 million on new medical facilities at the prison and has budgeted $356 million for a new complex to house condemned inmates. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has started an analysis of what it would take to sell the property, said spokesman Seth Unger. Jared Huffman, a state Assembly Democrat from San Rafael, the city closest to the prison, has proposed converting the 40- to 50-acre parcel reserved for the new death row into a "transit village" with a deep water ferry terminal. But inside the walls of San Quentin, talk of a sale

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