California has the largest death row population in the United States, with 727 men and women living in four condemned housing units. All 20 women sentenced to death are housed at the Central California Women’s Facility south of Fresno. All 707 men are housed in three separate death row units inside San Quentin State Prison, just north of San Francisco.
Proposition 36 would not only reserve life sentences for violent and serious felonies, it would also allow those serving life sentences for non-violent, non-serious felonies to apply for re-sentencing provided they have already served twice the normal sentence for their current crime. In order to be approved for re-sentencing, each person would have to demonstrate to a judge they are not a current danger to society.