Report 2003-130 Highlights - March 2004
California Department of Corrections:
Its Plans to Build a New Condemned-Inmate Complex at San Quentin Are Proceeding, but Its Analysis of Alternative Locations and Costs Was Incomplete
Our review of the California Department of Corrections' (department) plans to build a new condemned-inmate complex at San Quentin revealed:
- Current condemned-inmate facilites at San Quentin do not meet many of the department's standards for maximum-security facilities.
- The department received spending authority of $220 million to build a new condemned-inmate complex and estimates completion by 2007.
- The department's analysis of where it should house its male condemned population did not consider all feasible locations and relevant costs.
- Because the department's analysis was incomplete, we can conclude neither that San Quentin is the best location for the new condemned-inmate facility nor that a better location exists.
- Benefits and drawbacks exist for both the continued use of San Quentin as a prison and its reuse for other purposes.