San Quentin State Prison is in San Quentin, California, a city within Marin County, according to the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation. The prison is situated on 432 acres of land, 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge.
San Quentin State Prison is the oldest correctional facility in California, with a history that dates back to the establishment of Point San Quentin in July 1852, explains the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation. Until 1933, San Quentin housed both male and female inmates. As of 2015, the facility houses only men as well as the state's only gas chamber for death row inmates. San Quentin is comprised of four cell blocks: one maximum security cell block, the Central Health Care Service Building, a medium security dorm and a minimum security firehouse.