Quantitative and qualitative investigative journalism on the pandemic's impact on California's state prisons and county jails.
See how the virus affected 35 facilities under the Department of Corrections and local jails in Alameda, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Sacramento, Yolo and Fresno counties.
The Sacramento Sheriff's Office has refused to provide data on the staff vaccination rate and compliance with the state public health department's health orders. Our most recent public records request for this information was denied with Sheriff Scott Jones' office responding that the disclosure of such data to the public would violate their employees' medical privacy rights
Santa Clara and San Francisco counties made COVID-19 vaccines and boosters mandatory for correctional officers — filling a critical gap in the state health department’s vaccination effort.
"In the Sacramento County Jail, from Oct. 6 to Nov. 11, COVID cases increased by 2,580%, resulting in 4% of its jailed population having an active case of COVID" (References: Covid In-Custody Project’s datafor Sacramento County and Alameda County jails)
"Sheriffs claimed that they could not release anyone from detention absent a court order or prosecutor’s agreement.” (References: Linh Nguyen & Aparna Komarla, Santa Rita Jail Does Not Administer or Recommend COVID Testing Prior to Quarantine Release.)
“As of December 2020, San Quentin has had 2,243 cases and twenty-eight COVID-19 related deaths” (Reference: Jaskiran Soomal, COVID-19 Could Only Have Reached Death Row Via Staff. Many of Us Believe This Was Intentional.)
“One such resource is a regional collection effort by the Davis Vanguard, which includes an accessible database covering several counties." (References: Tiffany Devlin, et al. Breaking Down COVID-19 in California Jails)
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