Death is inevitable, but that does not mean that life is worthless. There is something inspiring and motivating about living old and seeing your family grow and develop as the world keeps moving around you. But not everyone gets to grow old with their families inside a comfortable home with a nice pension. Some people will live the remaining portion of their lives in prison. It makes us think whether dying immediately is better than growing old in such a state where you basically have no control in your life.
Meet the people who are living life inside prison as they await their execution. The hand of death is there, but they don't know when it will tap them.
The jail is located in California. The facility houses 725 inmates who are still unsure of their fate as California has yet to make a choice about the execution method being proposed which would involve the use of a single drug to kill the inmates.
In 2006, a federal judge declared that the death penalty of California was against the constitution. Since then, executions have not occurred.
Mr. Clark has spent his life inside San Quentin since 1983. Thus, he has been in such a dreadful condition for 30 years. He believes that he won't ever get out of the facility until he dies.
Mr. Galvan was given a life sentence after he killed his own cellmate back in 2013. Here, his exercising inside the Adjustment Center of San Quentin State Prison.
According to Robert Galvan, being locked inside the prison is worse than being executed. For him, it's like the prisoners are books that are placed on shelves for the rest of their lives. They know that they won't ever get out, and the only escape is death.
The state of California has the most number of people on death row. There are 747 prisoners facing the death penalty, and on average they stay locked up for about 18 years.
Mr. Charles Case can be seen here typing some words inside his East Block cell as he awaits California's choice on executions.
You might not see them, but guards were on the lookout when the media was given a rare opportunity to visit the prison facility. Rather than being killed inside a death chamber, more inmates have passed away due to natural causes since 2006.