Prevent unncessary deaths caused by valley fever!
  • Petitioning California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)

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California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)

Prevent unncessary deaths caused by valley fever!

    1. Petition by

      Asian Prisoner Support Committee

“This is flat out wrong. No one should have to go through this. It seems as if they are giving my brother the death sentence and we can’t do nothing about it.” – brother of Pacific Islander prisoner being transferred from Solano prison to Pleasant Valley prison.

Pleasant Valley and Avenal State prisons are in the midst of a valley fever epidemic, a dangerous and possibly fatal fungal infection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 40 percent of those infected require hospitalization, and the disease can be fatal. Six years ago, court receiver J. Clark Kelso asked California prison officials to relocate all inmates from Pleasant Valley and Avenal prisons if the valley fever rates did not drop. Approximately 40 people in prison have died from valley fever since 2006.

In June 2013, a federal court order prohibited the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) from housing high-risk inmate populations at Pleasant Valley and Avenal, including prisoners with serious medical problems and prisoners of African and Filipino descent. However, as of July 30th, 2013, CDCR is still attempting to transfer high-risk populations including prisoners of Filipino descent to Pleasant Valley and Avenal prisons. 

This health epidemic is exacerbated by the fact that California prisons hold about 50% more inmates than they were designed to house. The State of California continues to evade the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reduce the inmate population by 10,000 and ease prison overcrowding.

Join us in demanding basic human rights for all prisoners at Avenal and Pleasant Valley state prisons and prevent more unnecessary deaths! Not one more death!

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    • Octavious Clark DALLAS, TX
      • 7 months ago

      My cousin recently past away in a Texas prison from what we know now to be Valley Fever. He had been a victim for negligent care and treatment. The Texas Medical Board ruled that there had been negligence in care but did not pursue disciplinary action. However, we as his family will. WE support your petition 1000% .

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    • Nathan Myers DAVIS, CA
      • 8 months ago

      I caught valley fever when I was four years old, and had to be hospitalized because of it. For a while, it was uncertain whether or not I would survive, and I was not stuck in an overcrowded prison cell (which makes conditions drastically worse). Please take the necessary steps to prevent unnecessary deaths from valley fever.

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    • Jarrod Tilbury SAN JOSE, CA
      • 8 months ago

      My brother is being exposed to this. He was knowingly transferred to this death sentence.

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    • Jodie Perez SAN JOSE, CA
      • 10 months ago

      regardless of why people are in there to begin with this could affect officers as well and they can carry the disease back home to their families which could in fact be transmitted even more and create an epidemic we as citizens do not wish to deal with.

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    • Gary Tilbury SAN JOSE, CA
      • 10 months ago

      Not only is my son being effected by this but morally I believe it is wrong to intentionally expose any human beings to a known health hazard.

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