As of January 25th 2022, there are 5,374 incarcerated people in California with active COVID cases and 4,764 staff. 246 incarcerated people and 50 staff have lost their lives due to the virus. Beyond the numbers, our community behind bars (including those in jails and ICE detention centers) continue to endure mental health crises, grief and trauma after nearly two years of incarceration during a global pandemic.
We are witnessing the direct impact of overcrowded prisons (CDCR is currently 111.6% above capacity) and Governor Gavin Newsom’s opposition to the court ordered vaccine mandate for all prison staff. We need to prioritize the health and safety of our incarcerated community members. We need #ReleasesNow.
Habeas Ruling Toolkit
On November 16th 2021, Judge Howard of Marin Superior Court ruled that CDCR violated the Eighth Amendment rights of incarcerated community members at San Quentin State Prison by subjecting them to cruel and unusual punishment during the height of the COVID-19 outbreak (summer 2020).
Disappointingly, Judge Howard failed to call for releases of incarcerated community members, claiming that the availability of vaccines to incarcerated people and staff at San Quentin deems all remedies moot. In doing so, this ruling frees CDCR of any accountability for their horrendous actions and cruel treatment of incarcerated people during the COVID outbreak. WE NEED RELEASE NOW
May 30th marked one year since the transfer of incarcerated people from CIM prison in Chino to San Quentin State Prison without proper testing or quarantining.
Where are we today? #StopSanQuentinOutbreak coalition continues to amplify demands from inside and highlight the need to decarcerate across California state prisons, jails, and ICE detention centers as mass incarceration continues to be a public health crisis.
A year since the onset of the pandemic we continue to call for urgent releases across California prisons, jails, and ICE detention centers, as decarceration remains the only public health solution to overcrowded prisons and the continued threat of COVID-19.
Vaccines Aren't Enough, Decarcerate Now
Protect incarcerated people and demand CDCR follow the advice of public health and medical experts to urgently decarcerate their facilities while ensuring equitable access to the vaccine