Wednesday, July 30, 1997

MEDIA ACCESS FOR EXECUTION

The California Department of Corrections has completed processing security clearances for media firms requesting to send representatives to San Quentin State Prison for the August 5 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 that will be involved as witnesses or participants of the news conference at San Quentin State Prison.

On August 4, 1997, media may enter the West Gate of San Quentin between 7 AM and 2 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. Any media representative that leaves the prison after 2 PM will not be permitted to return at a later time that day.

Media witnesses to the execution may enter as late as 5 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.

A video/audio feed for broadcasters of the media witness news conference 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.

Still photos of the news conference will be provided by an Associated Press pool photographer.

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.

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