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Board Permits Continued Planning For New Death Row At San Quentin

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Sacramento, CA — The state Public Works Board voted today to keep planning for a new death row at San Quentin State Prison.

The unanimous vote means architects can begin construction drawings that are expected to be completed late next summer so bids can be sought for the $233 million project.

Demolition and grading of the site is expected to start in April, with construction of the new buildings and 768 new cells set to start next November.

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation won´t have to go back to the Public Works Board or Legislature unless there are significant cost overruns. Marin County had sued in an unsuccessful attempt to block today´s vote.