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Background

CSATF is an enormous, but not well known prison adjacent to Corcoran State Prison. It alone is currently the largest prison in the state by population and is experiencing the second COVID-19 outbreak in as many months. In the last two weeks there have been nearly 400 new cases, roughly a THIRD of all tests administered in that time. Despite the heightened dangers people have still been sent to work assignments, including the central kitchen. Some have reported not being given their test results, others notice people with negative and positive results being forced to mix and unable to distance. Lunches have been reduced to cheese and crackers.

In addition to the dangers, prisoners continue to face an array of restrictions on basic necessities. To list just a few: No access to cleaning supplies, fresh laundry, hot meals, telephone, canteen, or packages. They also continue to go without regular program, law library access, and visits, and can only show every three days. Four prisoners from the yard in the center of the outbreak have chosen to call attention to the issue by beginning a hunger strike. That is entering its eighth day. Their demands are 1) Universal and voluntary testing available to everyone in the facility with results provided immediately, 2) Restore safe programing and basic necessities namely law library, access to telephones, showers, dormitory cleaning supplies, hot meals, and canteen. 3) Create mechanisms of accountability by which independent family and supporters on the outside have visibility on CDCr’s plans and actions during and after an outbreak like this.

Speak up to get attention on this!! This is also a media blast!! Share widely across your networks and try to get this the same level of attention that we got on San Quentin in the Summer.

Script:

Hi my name is ______________ (you don’t have to give your real name. I want to know what your office intends to do about the COVID 19 outbreak happening in CSATF? A THIRD of the people tested are sick. Despite endless statewide demands people are still being kept in unsafe and meager conditions. And your guards and staff people are bringing in the virus, since there’s been no visits for several months. People in your facility are demanding 1) Universal and voluntary testing for everyone in your facility. Tell people their results immediately and let them plan for their safety. 2) Restore safe programing and basic necessities namely law library, access to telephones, showers, dormitory cleaning supplies, hot meals, and canteen. 3) Create mechanisms of accountability by which independent family and supporters on the outside have visibility on CDCr’s plans and actions during and after an outbreak like this.

Targets

Acting Warden Theresa Cisneros – (559) 992-7100 ext. 5507

CDCr Secretary Kathleen Allison – (916) 323-6001 – kathleen.allison@cdcr.ca.gov

Office of Inspector General (Misconduct Voicemail system) – (800) 700-5952




Source: Oaklandabosol.org