NO STATE EXECUTION BY COVID19 - Demand Protection for the Incarcerated NOW!!

NO STATE EXECUTION BY COVID19 - Demand Protection for the Incarcerated NOW!!

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Adrienne Bernabei started this petition to Governor Gavin Newsom and


While California is seeing record surges in Coronavirus cases, tightly packed prisons like San Quentin are on the brink of collapse. Those Incarcerated are trapped in cruel conditions without access to adequate medical care. Nurses and guards are being forced to reuse PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and work until exhaustion otherwise they are faced with the threat of suspension. With over 1,300 active cases in 18 days, San Quentin State Prison poses a major threat to the entire Bay Area and the State of California, especially its hospitals. Governor Newsom has the power to free inmates and prevent a major outbreak with the swipe of a pen. To prevent further spread of the virus, we call on Governor Gavin Newsom to take immediate action to protect our inmate population, staff working at these facilities, and residents of California. 

“We will not be able to control COVID-19 in California until we address what is happening inside prisons and jails.” - Dr. David Sears, Infectious Disease Physician Practicing at UCSF Health


DEMANDS:

MASS DE-CARCERATION Reduce the inmate population by at least 50% of current capacity IMMEDIATELY as recommended by UCSF & UC Berkeley public health experts.

“Decarceration is foundational to COVID-19 mitigation in any prison. All remaining recommendations are absolutely dependent on decarceration for your success.” - Dr. David Sears

Organize a COVID-19 Emergency Response team 
Minimum Recommended Leadership team members include: Environment of Care Leader, Healthcare- Custody Coordination Leader, COVID19 Testing Leader, Staff Healthcare Liaison Leader, Epidemiologist Analyst Leader (See link for details)

Immediately Halt Transfers
Until we can properly and efficiently test our prison population, halt transfers of all detainees across the State to prevent further outbreaks and public health emergencies.  

Improve Testing 
Make testing a requirement for staff. Staff are currently self-reporting symptoms. Improve testing turnaround time (5-6 days is unacceptable!) and boost the overall amount of tests completed each day.

Develop Additional Medical Isolation and Quarantine Housing
Given San Quentin’s antiquated facilities, poor ventilation, and overcrowding, it is hard to identify any options at San Quentin where it is advisable to house high-risk people with multiple COVID-19 risk factors for serious morbidity or mortality.

Again, for these reasons it will be exceedingly hard for medical staff to keep people safe from contracting COVID-19 at San Quentin and, once infected, it will be very hard to ensure that they do not pass the infection on to others with high health risks or experience rapid health declines themselves. San Quentin is an extremely dangerous place for an outbreak, everything should be done to decrease the number of people exposed to this environment as quickly as possible.

Breach the Information Blackout 
Provide free tele-visits to the incarcerated during quarantine and make it easier for families to communicate with their relatives and check on their well being. Families are in an information blackout as to the health and safety concerns of their relatives.  

Provide the Incarcerated with Adequate Safety Supplies
Incarcerated Individuals need access to soap,  hand sanitizer,  PPE, and sterile facilities to use- which they do not currently have.

Click Here to see UCSF & UC Berkerly's Urgent Memo regarding this issue

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