California’s San Quentin: COVID-19 Prisoners Problems

The prisons of California’s San Quentin are facing a rise in the number of COVID-19 patients.

As the jail is over-crowded the number has increased from 100 to 539 and the total deaths have risen to 20 across the state prisons.

The jail authorities are in a mid-way crisis and are facing a huge challenge, in tackling the problem, of the spread of COVID-19 in the prisoners.

They are searching for alternatives ways to avoid the spread of the deadly virus, but the thing circles at the same point.

All the attorneys, advocates, and former inmates are suggesting that lowering the population of prisoners in the prisons is the only way to deal with this problem, as maintaining social distancing is the only thing needed, in this. 

California’s San Quentin: COVID-19 Prisoners Problems
California’s San Quentin: COVID-19 Prisoners Problems

The state is having 1,001 new corona cases in its prisons in the past 14 days according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

San Quentin is California’s only state prison that has accounted for a such a number of deaths. According to the officials last weekend there were about 100 cases, by Monday it became 300 and on Thursday there was a jump to 512 which is a really scary number.

The outbreak in San Quentin is really growing big and is adding up to the United States’ overall cases. One of the main reasons for this is that San Quentin is overpopulated.

According to James king, who is a state campaigner for the Ella Baker Centre for Human Rights who spent roughly six and a half year in San Quentin, two factors has led to this increase in COVID-19 cases there, that is, Overpopulation and poor decision. 

Though, if things get out of control which they will at some point in time, the scenario is going to turn worst. 




Priti Mann
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