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.
Crowding, poor medical care and aging and medically vulnerable populations have made prisons and jails a breeding ground for COVID. Over 56,000 COVID cases and 246 deaths have been reported in California’s prison system alone. Unfortunately, however, little data is available on county jails, including Sacramento’s, making the pandemic’s impact on roughly 80,000 incarcerated people close to invisible.Read more at: https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/article257040992.html#storylink=cpy
There have been multiple surges of COVID-19 in Alameda County’s Santa Rita Jail (SRJ) over the course of the pandemic, but the current outbreak is the largest one the facility has seen. On Friday, over 177 active cases were reported in the jail’s population of over 2,000 people. Another 50 cases were reported among the jail’s staff members. According to the facility’s outbreak control plan, 197 incarcerated people have medical conditions that make them vulnerable to developing complications associated with the virus.
"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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