More than 1 of every 100 adults in our country is serving time in one of our prisons or correctional facilities.
The Presidio of San Francisco was originally established in 1776 as one of four military outposts to ensure Spain's colonial efforts in Alta California. Years later, it served as a main staging ground for US military engagement in the Pacific. It’s 219 years of military use came to an end in 1994, when it was transferred to the stewardship of the National Park Services and the newly established Presidio Trust for mixed commercial and public use.
San Quentin is a 163 year old corrections and rehabilitation institute. It stands as the oldest prison in California and is the largest in the country by population, with roughly 4260 inmates. San Quentin is home to the state’s only death row, where capital punishment of the condemned has been performed by hanging, gassing, and lethal injection.
We will gather at 6AM on Saturday March 21st at the Arguello Gate entrance to the Presidio. From there, we'll embark on our journey as a collective. We will not stop until we reach San Quentin, the closest mass incarceration facility to San Francisco. We expect the 21 mile walk to take 8-10 hours.