As COVID Surges Behind Bars in California, Why Is San Quentin Transferring Hundreds of People?

December 15, 2020Democracy Now! Prisons across the U.S. are facing their greatest swell in COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Nearly a quarter-million incarcerated people in the U.S. have been infected with COVID-19, according to the Marshall Project, and advocates are pushing for incarcerated people to be prioritized in the country’s vaccine rollout. All of […]

OIG Fact Sheet

In April 2020, the Speaker of the Assembly requested the Office of theInspector General (the OIG) assess the policies, guidance, and directivesthe California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (thedepartment) had implemented since February 1, 2020, in response to thenovel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Specifically, the Speaker requested focus on three concerns: 1) the department’s screening process […]

Trapped in the Dungeon

February 5, 2021Adamu Chan, Slate San Quentin State Prison has been, for some time now, the site of the worst public health crisis in California’s history. As a newly released report by California’s Office of the Inspector General details, the state transferred incarcerated people from another prison into San Quentin without adequately testing them, seeding an outbreak […]

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