The state opened the 39-bed unit at San Quentin State Prison in October in response to a judge’s ruling a year ago condemning a lack of proper mental health treatment for inmates.
State prison officials said Tuesday that 55-year-old Michael Lee Elliot died of undetermined causes Monday at a hospital near San Quentin State Prison. An autopsy is planned.
Joseph Naso, the 79-year-old former photographer convicted of the decades-old killings of four women in Northern California, is scheduled to be sentenced Friday.
A San Quentin death row inmate from Contra Costa County was found dead in his cell late Sunday evening.
An inmate on death row at San Quentin State Prison was found dead in his cell Thursday morning.
A man on death row for killing three college students more than three decades ago has died of natural causes, according to prison officials.
Nearly two out every three Americans support the death penalty, but California is paying a high price for keeping prisoners on death row — and not executing them.
Prison officials say a San Quentin State Prison inmate has died of natural causes while awaiting execution for a Riverside County murder.