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.
San Francisco’s jails have reported the lowest COVID-19 infection rate and population size during the pandemic of all county jails in the Bay Area. While the public health department and the sheriff’s office have made strides in their pandemic response, there are deficiencies in their actions, particularly regarding data transparency that must be addressed.
If the vaccination rate does not improve, the cost of implementing the new weekly testing requirement may be double, i.e. anywhere between $60,000 to $70,000 per month. Such a cost could be avoided if the majority of staff were vaccinated voluntarily or through a mandate.
"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"
"Santa Rita Jail does not administer or recommend COVID-19 testing prior to quarantine release"
A San Quentin resident says, “COVID-19 could have only 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."
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