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August 9, 2005 | From Associated Press
The largest riot at San Quentin State Prison in 23 years left 42 inmates injured Monday, three of them seriously enough that they were sent to outside hospitals, authorities said. The fight broke out between white and Latino inmates about 8:40 a.m. in a medium-security dormitory-style unit that houses about 900 prisoners, said Vernell Crittendon, public information officer for the prison. Prison officials said as many as 80 inmates in several buildings were involved.
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June 11, 2008 | Michael Rothfeld, Times Staff Writer
Ground has not yet been broken on a new death row proposed at San Quentin State Prison, but the projected cost of the project has soared by nearly 80% for a compound that could be full only three years after it opens, according to a critical audit released Tuesday. If the facility is built as now envisioned, some condemned inmates would have to reside in cells with others rather than be imprisoned separately as they are now, State Auditor Elaine M. Howle reported.
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February 23, 1996 | KEN ELLINGWOOD J.R. MOEHRINGER and REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
William G. Bonin, the notorious "Freeway Killer" who seared his way into the nation's consciousness with a string of sadistic murders 16 years ago, was executed at San Quentin Prison early today, becoming the first person in California to die by lethal injection. Bonin, a former Downey truck driver who confessed to raping, torturing and killing 21 boys and young men, was put to death in the prison's converted gas chamber. Bonin was declared dead at 12:13 a.m. At 10:47 p.m., the U.S.
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June 13, 2007 | From the Associated Press
With the latest death at San Quentin State Prison, suicide has supplanted execution as the second leading cause of death on California's death row. The leading reason for inmate deaths is natural causes. Tony Lee Reynolds' death Sunday was the 14th suicide -- one more than the number of condemned inmates executed in California since the state reinstated capital punishment in 1978. There are now 666 inmates on death row, according to the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
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December 28, 2005 | Rone Tempest, Times Staff Writer
Five and a half years after he murdered three meat inspectors in his Bay Area processing plant, self-proclaimed "Sausage King" Stuart Alexander died Tuesday morning of undetermined causes in a maximum surveillance hospital cell at San Quentin State Prison, prison officials reported.
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January 4, 2007 | Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
San Quentin State Prison was closed indefinitely to new inmates and visitors Wednesday as officials fought to contain a raging gastroenteritis outbreak among roughly 500 convicts and staff members. The virus, which was first detected Dec. 28, has spread to all of the Marin County prison's housing units except a relatively isolated one with 15 inmates. On death row, about one-fourth of the prison's 620 condemned men have become sick, officials said.
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December 31, 1991 | PAUL FELDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fourteen prisoners on San Quentin's Death Row filed a federal lawsuit in San Francisco Monday demanding the right to impregnate their wives or girlfriends through conjugal visits or artificial insemination. The lawsuit, which quickly drew a chilly reaction from both advocates of death penalty reform and prosecutors, claims the prisoners' constitutional rights are being violated because they are denied the right to have children.
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April 29, 1999 | From Associated Press
A 78-year-old man who escaped from San Quentin prison in a makeshift kayak 20 years ago was arrested in Florida on bank robbery charges. Forrest Silva Tucker, whose criminal record stretches back to the 1930s, was captured last week in a school parking lot near Pompano Beach. He was jailed without bail in connection with a local bank holdup. In 1979, Tucker and two other inmates at San Quentin built a crude boat and set out from the beach.
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December 1, 1998 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
In a blow against the use of deadly force in the state's prisons, a federal court jury awarded more than $2.3 million in damages Monday--most of it against California's former prison system director--for the fatal shooting of an inmate by a San Quentin guard.
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April 5, 1990 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Death Row prisoner died after a fight with another condemned inmate in what San Quentin officials described as an increase in prison violence in the days before what was to be California's first execution in 23 years this week.
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May 9, 2007 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's staff was aware that a new death chamber was under construction at San Quentin State Prison well before he ordered a halt to the project last month, a corrections official said Tuesday. Documents released at a state Senate committee hearing showed that construction began March 5, two weeks before it was approved by the Department of Finance. And Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation chief James E.
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April 21, 2007 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday halted construction of a new death chamber at San Quentin State Prison, the latest setback for California's beleaguered capital punishment program. James E. Tilton, who heads the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, told reporters in a conference call, "The governor has asked me to stop the project." The construction had raised alarm among legislators, who protested that they should have been consulted before the work began.
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April 14, 2007 | Evan Halper and Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writers
In an effort to persuade a judge to allow executions to resume in California, the administration of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently began quietly building a new death chamber at San Quentin State Prison. The move, intended to address the court's concern that putting prisoners to death in the existing cramped, dim chamber was cruel and unusual punishment, drew a sharp rebuke Friday from legislators who oversee corrections spending. They were not consulted on the project.
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January 24, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Prison officials are investigating the death of a condemned inmate found in his cell, a San Quentin Prison spokesman said. There was no sign that Marcelino Ramos' death Monday was due to foul play or drugs, Eric Messick said. Ramos, 49, was one of two people convicted in the 1979 execution-style slaying of a Taco Bell worker in Santa Ana. Ramos was the janitor at the restaurant when he and co-defendant Rueben Gaitan robbed the store. Katharyn Parrott, 20, was killed; the other worker survived.
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January 4, 2007 | Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
San Quentin State Prison was closed indefinitely to new inmates and visitors Wednesday as officials fought to contain a raging gastroenteritis outbreak among roughly 500 convicts and staff members. The virus, which was first detected Dec. 28, has spread to all of the Marin County prison's housing units except a relatively isolated one with 15 inmates. On death row, about one-fourth of the prison's 620 condemned men have become sick, officials said.
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December 2, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Three days after receiving psychiatric care, a death row inmate hanged himself in his cell at San Quentin State Prison, a spokesman said Friday. James David Tulk, 46, who was sentenced to death for the 1990 rape and murder of a Redding woman, was found about 11:30 p.m. Thursday hanging from a bedsheet tied to his upper bunk, said Lt. Eric Messick. Even though they live alone, many death row inmates have double bunks, Messick said.
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April 19, 1992 | Compile by Jerry Hicks and Mark I. Pinsky
Twenty-Two men who have been sentenced in Orange County Superior Court are on San Quentin's Death Row awaiting execution. Half of them have had their sentences upheld by the State Supreme Court and are in the federal system. State prosecutors say that it could take four or five years to exhaust all their appeals, although the U.S. Supreme Court may streamline the federal appellate process for death sentences. William Charles Payton, 38, Garden Grove. Sentenced: March 5, 1982, by Judge Donald A.
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April 19, 1992 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is California's other Death Row, just a steel cage with only nine cells and a narrow cement walkway in front known as "The Freeway." This is the Death Row for women, and the only inmate here is Maureen McDermott. The execution of Robert Alton Harris would be as disturbing to McDermott as to the 329 condemned male inmates at San Quentin. But while the men on Death Row can talk among themselves, McDermott must ponder her fate in isolation.
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January 26, 2006 | From Associated Press
A death row inmate slashed a correctional officer at San Quentin State Prison on Wednesday, prompting a lockdown of the entire prison, authorities said. Inmate Richard Penunuri, 27, slashed the officer in the lower-left arm with a homemade razor-like weapon when the guard was removing Penunuri's handcuffs in his cell about 10:45 a.m., said Terry Thornton, spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
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December 28, 2005 | Rone Tempest, Times Staff Writer
Five and a half years after he murdered three meat inspectors in his Bay Area processing plant, self-proclaimed "Sausage King" Stuart Alexander died Tuesday morning of undetermined causes in a maximum surveillance hospital cell at San Quentin State Prison, prison officials reported.
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