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Another COVID Outbreak hits San Quentin, Despite High Vaccination Rates Among Incarcerated People

JOE KUKURA A somewhat low vaccination rate among prison guards has produced a predictable result, as San Quentin State Prison, and all California state prisons, are in full lockdown.  The Marin County correctional facility San Quentin State Prison was severely affected by COVID-19 outbreaks in the early summer of 2020, when nearly a third of inmates caught the virus, […]

Judge Rules CDCR Inflicted Cruel and Unusual Punishment on San Quentin Incarcerated People During Massive COVID Outbreak

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A judge has ruled California prison officials inflicted cruel and unusual punishment on inmates at San Quentin State Prison as a massive COVID-19 outbreak infected more that 2,600 prisoners and staff in the summer of 2020. Marin County Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Howard made a final ruling in the case against the […]

#StopSanQuentinOutbreak Graphic Timeline

During this one-year anniversary of the prison transfer that led to the horrendous COVID-19 outbreak at San Quentin State Prison, artist Orlando Smith (currently incarcerated at SQ) illustrated this timeline tracking the outbreak at San Quentin and statewide organizing in response calling for urgent releases. Orlando Smith is an illustrated journalist, whose work has been […]

Interfaith Movement for Human Rights Vigil

On May 30th 2020, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity (IM4HI) hosted a vigil to commemorate the one-year anniversary since the transfer from CIM to San Quentin that led to the horrific COVID-19 outbreak. Loved ones, formerly incarcerated community members, and faith leaders to call for releases and to remember the over 200 incarcerated people across […]

California Prison Transfer Led to Dozens of Deaths and Endangered Thousands – State Watchdog

February 2, 2021 Abene Clayton Covid crisis report from office of the inspector general finds concerns of healthcare staff over May transfer were ignored. A hastily executed transfer of nearly 200 people in California’s prison system set off a public health disaster that endangered the lives of thousands of prisoners and staff and led to […]

“They Want to Do Me In”: The Incarcerated Person Who Fought COVID Overcrowding

February 8, 2021Kevin Sawyer, Filter Magazine In May, as COVID-19 loomed over incarcerated people across the country, Ivan Von Staich filed an administrative grievance to transfer out of the notoriously overcrowded 168-year-old San Quentin State Prison. In October, as a result, an appeals court ordered San Quentin to reduce its prison population by 50 percent. […]

San Quentin prison is fined $421,880 over deadly COVID-19 conditions; 28 incarcerated people and an officer died

February 5, 2021Richard Winton, LA Times San Quentin State Prison is facing the largest single penalty in the state over workplace safety violations for failing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, resulting in the deaths of 28 inmates and one correctional officer and a total of 2,200 confirmed cases. California’s oldest penitentiary was slapped with […]

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