CALL-IN ACTION ON TUESDAY MAY 19th & WEDNESDAY MAY 20th!
CDCR Guards Cut Off Communication & Access to Water as COVID-19 Cases Rise at California Institution for Women
Prison guards are mocking incarcerated people who test positive for COVID-19, denying people access to clean water, and removing access to outside communication according to multiple reports from incarcerated people in COVID-19 quarantine at the California Institution for Women (CIW). After increased testing of incarcerated people, the number of COVID-19 positive cases at CIW has dramatically escalated. Guards have responded by abruptly moving those who tested positive to one location after another without explanation, causing widespread terror. People moved to a designated “quarantine” area report that they have not been given clean water for days and have been subject to neglect and abuse. Many have been moved once again to another location where they have no access to communication. Guards have explicitly ordered them to not share information about these conditions with their families, advocates, or news media. See more details in this article.
Advocates from the California Coalition for Women Prisoners and Survived & Punished urge concerned community members and constituents to call Governor Newsom and the California Department of Corrections to demand an end to COVID-19-related prison violence and to quickly increase releases, including executive clemencies.
I am appalled about the treatment of people in COVID-19 quarantine at the California Institution for Women (CIW). I urge you to end the abusive practices that the California Department of Corrections calls “healthcare” and take the following actions:
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