Cash-Strapped Calif. Considers Selling San Quentin

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2009 7:05 PM CDT
A guard tower is seen on the grounds of the California State Prison in picturesque San Quentin.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Some state lawmakers have proposed a novel solution for California's budget problems: sell San Quentin Prison, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Experts estimate the 435-acre site, picturesquely situated on a peninsula overlooking San Francisco Bay, could go for more than $2 billion. About half of that would go toward building a replacement prison—for some 5,300 inmates, including Death Row—and the rest could help stem the state’s ballooning budget gap.