Friday, July 24, 1998


The execution of Bill Bradford, convicted of murder in Los Angeles County in 1988, has been set by court order for August 18, 1998 at San Quentin State Prison.

Access Inquiries:

Direct all requests and inquiries regarding access to San Quentin to the California Department of Corrections Communications Office in Sacramento, which is responsible for all media credentials. Requests are due by close of business August 07, 1998.


Up to 125 news media representatives will be admitted to the media center building at San Quentin to attend news briefings and a news conference with members of the media witness pool after the execution. To accommodate as many media firms as possible, each news media organization applying will be limited to one (1) representative. Firms selected to send a news reporter to witness the execution will be allowed a separate representative for the media center.

Audio/Video/Still photos:

In anticipation that interest may exceed space, pool arrangements may be necessary for video/audio feeds and still photos from inside the media center. The pool will be limited to two (2) television camera operators, two (2) still photographers and one (1) audio engineer. The Northern California Radio Television News Director’s Association and the Radio Television News Association in southern California arrange the pool.

Live Broadcasts:

Broadcast microwave and satellite vans and their support personnel providing "live feeds" will be permitted in a parking lot adjacent to the In-Service Training (IST) building. Space is limited to about 30 vehicles, including an electrical power generator, if necessary. Television and radio stations are limited to one (1) satellite or microwave vehicle.

TV Technicians:'

Television satellite or microwave broadcast vehicles will be permitted three (3) support personnel (engineer, camera operator, and producer).

Radio Technicians:

Radio broadcast vehicles will be allowed two (2) support personnel (engineer and producer).


For media credentials, send a written request signed by the news department manager on company letterhead with the names of the proposed representatives, their dates of birth, driver’s license numbers, social security numbers, and size of vehicle for live broadcast purposes to:

CDC Communications
1515 S Street, Room 113S
P.O. Box 942883
Sacramento, CA 94283-0001

All written requests must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, August 07, 1998. Media witnesses will be selected from the requests received at that time. Telephone requests will NOT be accepted.

Security clearances are required for each individual applying for access to San Quentin. The clearance process will begin after the application deadline. No assurances can be provided that security clearances for requests, including personnel substitutions, received after the filing period closes August 7 will be completed in time to permit access to the prison August 17.


The media center has 60-amp electrical service with a limited number of outlets. There are 7 pay telephones. Media orders for private telephone hookups must be arranged with Pacific Bell Telephone. Pacific Bell will coordinate the actual installation with San Quentin. There is one soft drink vending machine at the media center. Media personnel should bring their own food.

Thursday, July 9, 1998


The California Department of Corrections has completed processing security clearances for media firms requesting to send representatives to San Quentin State Prison for the July 14 scheduled execution of Thomas M. Thompson.

Firms have been contacted by telephone with the information on clearances for their staff members.

The following information should be distributed to all media representatives who will be involved as witnesses or participants of the news conference at San Quentin State Prison.

On July 13, 1998, media may enter the West Gate of San Quentin between 1 PM and 5 PM. For security purposes, two forms of identification will be required. One must be an official photo ID such as driver's license, passport, or state-issued identification card. Only those credentialed for the news conference will be permitted. All broadcast vans must enter no later than 3 PM. Any media representative who leaves the prison after 3 PM will not be permitted to return at a later time that day.

Media witnesses to the execution may enter as late as 8 PM through the West Gate of the prison.

Do not wear blue, black, or gray denim clothing or yellow raincoats. It is illegal to bring alcohol, drugs, or weapons into a California State Prison. Vehicles and individuals entering a California State Prison are subject to search.

Private vehicles, except for designated microwave or satellite broadcast trucks, will be parked near the West Gate. After credentials are confirmed, reporters will be transported by prison shuttle to the Media Center.

Pool cameras will cover the media witness news conference.

A video/audio feed for broadcasters is limited to two camera operators and two audio technicians. The broadcast vans facilitating distribution of the feed will be parked closest to the building.

Media movement will be restricted to the Media Center (In-Service Training (IST) building) and broadcast support area. No access will be permitted to the East Gate.

Media witnesses to the execution will be escorted to the IST building immediately after leaving the witness observation area. Media witnesses must agree to make themselves available to members of the pool for interviews after the initial press conference. Associated Press and the Orange County Register are providing still photography pictures.

The media pool arrangements are being coordinated by pool organizers, NorCal RTNDA Darryl Compton at (650) 341-9978 and SocCal RTNA Carolyn Fox at (818) 986-8168

The IST building has 60-amp electrical service with a limited number of outlets. There are 7 pay telephones.

Thursday, July 2, 1998

Compromise Settlement Reached

The California Department of Corrections (CDC) and five cities operating community correctional facilities authorized by Senate Bill 1591 have negotiated a settlement of all outstanding issues arising from a dispute over budget reductions in Fiscal Year 1992-93.

Corrections Director C.A. "Cal" Terhune and the Mayors of each city agree the compromise marks the end of a difficult period. The settlement puts the partnership back on track to the benefit of taxpayers and has significantly improved and helped to restore relationships between the Department of Corrections and the involved cities. The settlement and awards are viewed as a first step to further negotiations that will be mutually beneficial to all parties.

The settlement provides payments to Adelanto ($1,983,529), Delano (2,038,906), Folsom ($1,817,626), Shafter ($2,071,060), and Taft ($2,232,316.39). The amount to Taft includes court costs.