The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has posted a virtual tour of its lethal injection facility at San Quentin, reports the Sacramento Bee. The 1-minute 56-second soundless piece sweeps in, out, around and above the wing’s many rooms, including the “viewing area,” the “prep/control” room and the “Injection Room” (a hexagonal space measuring 7 1/2 feet in diameter). The video was part of the evidence submitted in response to litigation about whether its old death chamber and execution procedures were unconstitutional.
San Quentin hasn’t been able to execute anyone on Death Row since Michael Angelo Morales’ lethal injection was postponed over Constitutional questions about the state’s procedures. Morales was convicted of murdering and raping a 17-year-old girl in 1981. The facility’s $850,000 remodel is completed, but the state needs U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel of San Jose to sign off before San Quentin can restart its executions.