Guard checks vehicles entering San Quentin State Prison

SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to transform San Quentin State Prison, a facility in the San Francisco Bay Area known for maintaining the highest number of prisoners on death row in the country. Newsom said Friday his goal is to turn the prison into a place where inmates can be rehabilitated and receive job training before returning to society. It follows his 2019 moratorium on executions. But nearly 700 prisoners remain on death row today. The announcement marks a massive shift in how the state could shape the fate of prisoners in the criminal justice system.

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