Thursday, December 31, 2015

Photos from San Quentin's Death Row

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2015 at 5:26 PM

I spent the day with about 20 other reporters on San Quentin's death row facilities last Tuesday. Here's some photos from the day, we'll have a full report in next week's paper.  





click to enlarge A cell at the San Quentin Adjustment Center, the highest-level security tier in the prison for the condemned - TOM GOGOLA
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  • A cell at the San Quentin Adjustment Center, the highest-level security tier in the prison for the condemned


click to enlarge Reporters interview Sunset Strip Serial Killer Douglas Clark, in the San Quentin Adjustment Center, Dec. 27, 2015 - TOM GOGOLA
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  • Reporters interview Sunset Strip Serial Killer Douglas Clark, in the San Quentin Adjustment Center, Dec. 27, 2015


click to enlarge Yard cage in the Adjustment Center - TOM GOGOLA
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  • Yard cage in the Adjustment Center


click to enlarge East Block Yard, serious signage - TOM GOGOLA
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  • East Block Yard, serious signage

click to enlarge East Block, home to most of the condemned of San Quentin - TOM GOGOLA
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  • East Block, home to most of the condemned of San Quentin

click to enlarge Robert Galvan, a seriously bad man, in the Adjustment Center yard. - TOM GOGOLA
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  • Robert Galvan, a seriously bad man, in the Adjustment Center yard.


click to enlarge Lemmy Kilmister has just died, and I'm on death row in San Quentin for the day throwing questions at Robert Galvan and a few other inmates. Whoa - TOM GOGOLA
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  • Lemmy Kilmister has just died, and I'm on death row in San Quentin for the day throwing questions at Robert Galvan and a few other inmates. Whoa

click to enlarge Sunset Strip killer Douglas Clark was the first inmate who agreed to talk with reporters...once we'd donned the flak jackets. He made the best of his anti-celebrity moment. - TOM GOGOLA
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  • Sunset Strip killer Douglas Clark was the first inmate who agreed to talk with reporters...once we'd donned the flak jackets. He made the best of his anti-celebrity moment.


click to enlarge Lt. Sam Robinson was our lead guide for the day. At the entrance to the East Block. - TOM GOGOLA
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  • Lt. Sam Robinson was our lead guide for the day. At the entrance to the East Block.


click to enlarge Let's pray for mercy for the souls at San Quentin who can be saved, rehabilitated, released, no? - TOM GOGOLA
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  • Let's pray for mercy for the souls at San Quentin who can be saved, rehabilitated, released, no?

click to enlarge Not so much with the Alcatraz stuff here. - TOM GOGOLA
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  • Not so much with the Alcatraz stuff here.


click to enlarge Reporters gather at the entrance to the North Segregation unit, where the best-behaved of the condemned are housed. - TOM GOGOLA
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  • Reporters gather at the entrance to the North Segregation unit, where the best-behaved of the condemned are housed.

click to enlarge Creepy circular gangways in the land of the condemned. - TOM GOGOLA
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  • Creepy circular gangways in the land of the condemned.

click to enlarge And smiling officers at their stations, too - TOM GOGOLA
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  • And smiling officers at their stations, too


click to enlarge More with our favorite serial killer in the Adjustment Center - TOM GOGOLA
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  • More with our favorite serial killer in the Adjustment Center

click to enlarge The public has a right to know what's going on inside of death row. - TOM GOGOLA
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  • The public has a right to know what's going on inside of death row.

click to enlarge Reporters with Robinson in the first-floor Adjustment Center tier. - TOM GOGOLA
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  • Reporters with Robinson in the first-floor Adjustment Center tier.

click to enlarge "Like being on a shelf," Galvan said when I asked him what the death-penalty limbo in California felt like. - TOM GOGOLA
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  • "Like being on a shelf," Galvan said when I asked him what the death-penalty limbo in California felt like.


click to enlarge A positive attitude, however hard-bitten, will go a long way at this place, for the condemned and their overseers alike. - TOM GOGOLA
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  • A positive attitude, however hard-bitten, will go a long way at this place, for the condemned and their overseers alike.

click to enlarge Don't even ask what this dog did to wind up here. (No, he's just the pooch who guards the San Quentin post office located right outside the gate.) - TOM GOGOLA
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  • Don't even ask what this dog did to wind up here. (No, he's just the pooch who guards the San Quentin post office located right outside the gate.)

click to enlarge San Quentin warden Ron Davis on the rooftop North Segregation Yard, with the beautiful peak of Mt. Tamalpais providing your poignant backdrop for the day. - TOM GOGOLA
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  • San Quentin warden Ron Davis on the rooftop North Segregation Yard, with the beautiful peak of Mt. Tamalpais providing your poignant backdrop for the day.


click to enlarge Serial killer Joseph Nissensohn watching TV in the East Block. He did some extremely awful things in California in 1981 and arrived at San Quentin in 2014. - TOM GOGOLA
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  • Serial killer Joseph Nissensohn watching TV in the East Block. He did some extremely awful things in California in 1981 and arrived at San Quentin in 2014.

click to enlarge Steven Livaditis said he believes that certain crimes are worthy of the death penalty, including his. - TOM GOGOLA
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  • Steven Livaditis said he believes that certain crimes are worthy of the death penalty, including his.

click to enlarge Trailside Killer David Carpenter. He's 85. - TOM GOGOLA
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  • Trailside Killer David Carpenter. He's 85.

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