CDCR-San Quentin Rehabilitation Center (SQ)

State Prison

Last Updated: February 29, 2024
1 Main St, San Quentin, CA 94964

SQ is for State Prison offenders sentenced anywhere from one year to life by the State Court in the county where the charges were filed

All prisons and jails have Security or Custody levels depending on the inmate’s classification, sentence, and criminal history. Please review the rules and regulations for State - maximum facility.

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If you are unsure of your inmate's location, you can search and locate your inmate by typing in their last name, first name or first initial, and/or the offender ID number to get their accurate information immediately Registered Offenders

Satellite View of CDCR-San Quentin Rehabilitation Center (SQ)

You can support your loved ones at SQ on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 415-454-1460.

Located at 1 Main St in San Quentin, CA, SQ carefully assigns inmates based on their custody level, considering factors like criminal history. SQ offers diverse educational and vocational programs aimed at equipping offenders for successful reintegration into society and reducing recidivism. Through these initiatives, inmates gain skills and confidence, fostering personal growth and resilience.

When someone you care about ends up in a state prison, it can be tough to navigate the ins and outs of the system. From figuring out how to stay in touch to understanding what you can do to make their time easier, it can feel overwhelming. That's where this webpage comes in handy. It's here to help you get the lowdown on CDCR-San Quentin Rehabilitation Center (SQ) so you can stay connected and support your loved one during their time inside.

While incarcerated, reading is often the best use of time. Please note that books and magazines, puzzles, and word searches ordered for inmates must come directly from the publisher. This policy ensures that the items are new, untampered, and comply with the facility's regulations. Prisons and jails enforce this rule to prevent the introduction of contraband or prohibited materials. By restricting orders to publishers, the facility can better maintain security and control over the content entering the institution. Any books or magazines not received directly from the publisher will be rejected and not delivered to the inmate.

San Quentin Rehabilitation Center (SQ) holds a significant place in California's correctional history, being the state's oldest and most well-known correctional institution established in July 1852 on the site known as Point San Quentin in Marin County. Initially conceived to replace the prison ship Waban, which arrived offshore with convicts on July 14, 1852, San Quentin soon gained the moniker "Bastille by the Bay." The prison, situated on 432 acres overlooking the bay just 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, comprises four large cell blocks (West, South, North, and East Block), a maximum-security cell block (the Adjustment Center), Central Health Care Service Building, a medium security dorm setting, and a minimum security firehouse.

Throughout its history, San Quentin has evolved to meet the changing needs of California's penal system. Originally accommodating both male and female inmates until the construction of the women's prison at Tehachapi in 1933, it now houses the state's only gas chamber and death row for all male condemned inmates. Additionally, the facility provides outpatient and inpatient mental health services for patients with serious mental disorders, offering intensive treatment through its licensed Psychiatric Inpatient Program.

The institution offers a wide range of educational, vocational, and recreational programs aimed at inmate rehabilitation and personal growth. Vocational programs include machine shop, plumbing, computer literacy, electronics, building maintenance, and video production. Academic offerings encompass adult basic education, high school/GED programs, transitions pre-release, literacy programs, and distance education for associate and bachelor degree programs. Inmates also have access to youth diversion programs, religious services, arts in corrections, victim awareness programs, drug and alcohol treatment/diversion, bicycle repair, Marin Shakespeare, Prison University Project, youth offender programs, anger management, pen-pals, yoga, gardening, environmental conscientiousness initiatives, SQ News, SQ Radio and TV, cultural awareness activities, veteran's programs, reentry support, and health awareness programs.

Moreover, SQ provides family support services through a Family Liaison Service Specialist, who assists with family reunification, pre-release preparation, and conducts parenting and creative conflict resolution classes for inmates. This comprehensive range of services and programs reflects SQ's commitment to inmate rehabilitation, community safety, and public trust, embodying the institution's motto of "COURAGE, INTEGRITY, PROFESSIONALISM."

Inmate Locator

SQ maintains a database of current inmates and their locations within the system. To locate an inmate, begin by using the DOC locator tool, which requires entering the first three letters of the inmate's first and last name, allowing for variations in spelling.

If unable to locate the desired information through free resources, users may opt to use the Arrest Record Search, which requires payment. While this option incurs a small fee, it provides access to the most up-to-date data available.

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