Rare Look Into Nation’s Largest Death Row, at San Quentin

With California's lethal injection protocol in limbo, the nearly 750 inmates at San Quentin State Prison, the nation’s most populous death row, are more likely to die from natural causes or suicide than execution. The inmates await a final decision on a proposed one-drug execution method to replace a three-drug method that a federal judge invalidated in 2006 as a potentially cruel and unusual punishment. Here, take a rare look at daily life behind the gates of death row as the inmates await their fate.

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Charles Crawford gestures while speaking to reporters in a recreation yard at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California, Dec. 29, 2015.
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Prison guards walk down a corridor in the Adjustment Center at San Quentin State Prison.
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Inmate Charles Crawford gestures while speaking to reporters in a recreation yard, Dec. 29, 2015.
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A hearing-impaired condemned inmate is escorted back to his cell on death row at San Quentin State Prison, Dec. 29, 2015.
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A guard armed with a rifle walks on the gun ramp overlooking death row at San Quentin State Prison.
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The entrance of San Quentin State Prison.
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Martin Navarette reaches out of his cell on death row at San Quentin State Prison, Dec. 29, 2015.
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A guard checks identification of a person leaving the east gate of San Quentin State Prison in a vehicle.
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In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, inmate Robert Galvan stands in a cell in the recreation yard at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. With California's lethal injection protocol in limbo, the nearly 750 inmates at San Quentin State Prison, the nation’s most populous death row, are more likely to die from natural causes or suicide than execution. The inmates await a final decision on a proposed one-drug execution method to replace a three-drug method that a federal judge invalidated in 2006 as a potentially cruel and unusual punishment. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Condemned inmate Charles Case types in his cell on death row at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California.
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An inmate stares at visitors in the recreation yard of the adjustment center at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California, Dec. 29, 2015.
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A guard tower is seen through a gate at San Quentin State Prison. The inmates await a final decision on a proposed one-drug execution method and the possibility that voters in 2016 will scrap the death penalty altogether.
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Inmate Robert Sarinana displays artwork he created in his cell on death row at San Quentin State Prison.
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A belt buckle worn by a San Quentin State Prison officer.
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Martin Navarette peers out his cell on death row at San Quentin State Prison, Dec. 29, 2015.
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A Mickey Mouse clock is seen on a wall on death row.
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Inmate David Carpenter, also known as the trailside killer, watches television in his cell on death row at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California.
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