One of this year’s most memorable moments was when Gov. Gavin Newsom came inside SQ on March 17 and announced that the prison will become a rehabilitation center. Since this time, architects and designers have been touring the prison preparing the schematics for a $380 million mega rehabilitation building.
A special advisory council appointed by the governor has been visiting the facility to set the stage for culture change. Several events have taken place in which staff and the incarcerated took part for this cultural transition.
Thanks to Director Broomfield, the San Quentin administration, and Warden Oak Smith, the stage has been set for cultural transition by participating in town halls, Pickle Ball games, and supporting a basketball game featuring correctional officers versus the incarcerated this November.