A $220 million expansion of San Quentin's Death Row has become a major sticking point in legislative negotiations over a state budget. [...]
Adding to the friction, the Assembly's budget plan proposes building a bigger Death Row at Folsom. This proposal is opposed by the Assembly's GOP leader, whose support is necessary to pass a budget. [...]
Prison officials complain that Death Row's design is outdated and dangerous for guards. Prison advocacy groups contend that medical and mental health sites are woefully inadequate.
"The current housing units are inhumane, dilapidated and old," said Don Specter, director of the Prison Law Office, which has a long-standing lawsuit against the state prison system over Death Row conditions.
Full article at SFGate.com
There's a simple solution to all of this: abolish the death penalty. :o)