California to repurpose US’ largest death row — Analysis

The state hopes to rework the historic jail right into a “therapeutic atmosphere”

The California state authorities has pledged to abolish the nation’s largest demise row advanced at San Quentin jail, vowing to switch all condemned inmates to different amenities in a interval of two years. 

“We’re beginning the method of closing demise row to repurpose and remodel the present housing models into one thing revolutionary and anchored in rehabilitation,” corrections division spokeswoman Vicky Waters advised the Related Press on Monday, whereas the state administration argued the aim is to create a “constructive, therapeutic atmosphere” at San Quentin as an alternative.

Although California has not carried out an execution since 2006, capital punishment has not been abolished within the state and a whole bunch of prisoners stay on demise row there. Governor Gavin Newsom has lengthy vowed to reform the observe, issuing a halt on executions and shuttering San Quentin’s deadly injection chamber in 2019, whereas the newest initiative takes benefit of a 2016 provision permitting the federal government to switch inmates off of demise row.

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As of final Friday, 116 of the state’s 673 condemned male inmates have been moved to different most safety prisons, based on the AP. The federal government will quickly create laws that may mandate such transfers, which Waters mentioned will “enable for the repurposing of all demise row housing models.” Newsom, in the meantime, has requested some $1.5 million in funds to perform that challenge in his newest price range proposal. 

The division of corrections, nevertheless, assured that each one inmates taking part within the switch scheme might be “rigorously screened,” together with for safety dangers, medical illnesses, in addition to psychiatric or behavioral wants, amongst different concerns. Up to now, Waters mentioned there had been no “security considerations” or “main disciplinary points.”

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