Where We Go

• "the old fortress on the bay" • oldest prison in California; one of the oldest in the world •
• home of California's old death row, gas chamber, & site of new Condemned Inmate Complex •
• setting for "Blood In; Blood Out" • the biggest cell block in North America •
• the "Cadillac of California prisons" • progressive educational & vocational programs •
• unforgettable 3-hour evening no-holds-barred rap session with "lifers" •
• promises to be a day you will absolutely never forget! •
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• LA County boasts the largest jail system in the world •
• Cal's new AB109 has placed thousands of inmates doing decades-long sentences into county jails •
• Problems that previously plagued state prisons have come to roost in county jails across the state •
• see how the largest jail in the world tries to cope with the unprecedented challenges •
• see inmate-fashioned weapons, bombs, drug and gang paraphernalia in the squad room •
• talk to gang experts about how gangs "call the shots" from behind the walls •
• walk one of California's largest yards •
• California’s newest female facility • the largest women’s prisons in the world •
• state-of-the-art educational and vocational training programs •
• home of California women’s death row •
• the historic "end of the road" for California’s toughest cons • setting for American Me •
• one of the oldest prisons in America • see Block 5, a living relic from the old west •
• look down from five tiers up, in one of the largest cell blocks in the world •
• see the original license plate factory, still in operation, cranking out 40,000 plates a day •
• walk the yard in this high-security marvel, one of the best of California's new "modular" prisons •
• the proposed new home of California's death row •
• rub elbows with some of California’s most notorious criminals •
• super high-tech punishment at one of California's newest maximum security prison •
• a lethal electric fence surrounds the 2-mile perimeter of this immense fortress •
• see a yard where most offenders will never see the street again •
• walk a yard so violent that inmates rarely get to see it •
• spectacular private foundation for the long-term residential treatment of substance abusers •
• dine at the sylish Delancey Street Crossroads Cafe on San Francisco Bay •
• tour Delancey Street's beautiful, upscale residential complex & thriving business enterprises •
• talk with residents about their lives and the "secrets" of Delancey Street's success •
Extra-curricular Activities
• unwind along San Francisco's famous Embarcadero •
• stroll along world famous Fisherman's Wharf, Ghiradelli Square, Pier 39, and the cable cars •
• relax for snacks and refreshments with retired officers and ex-offenders en route •
• engage new friends in the hotels' friendly lounges, as you recap each day's adventures •