(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Marc Levine (D – Marin County) today released the following statement after the California Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report detailing poor management and leadership failures by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS), which resulted in the worst prison health disaster in state history. As of August, 2020, 2,237 incarcerated people and 277 staff tested positive for COVID-19 at San Quentin State Prison, leading to the deaths of at least 28 incarcerated persons and one staff person at the prison.
“The OIG’s report is maddening in the scope and scale of CDCR’s and CCHCS’s fundamental failures to protect the health and safety of incarcerated people and staff at San Quentin State Prison,” said Assemblymember Marc Levine. “In April of 2020, I demanded that CDCR and CCHCS develop a plan to deal with the impending COVID-19 crisis at prison facilities. In May, I repeated my demand. Throughout the summer of 2020, fellow legislators and I demanded answers again and again, only to receive lip service as the virus rampaged through the prison unabated. CCHCS knew it was risking a public health disaster at San Quentin when it pushed through a transfer of untested incarcerated people to the prison. Now, at least 28 incarcerated people and one prison staff have died from COVID-19 due to CCHCS’s reckless and irresponsible actions.”
“There must be accountability for the failures of CCHCS at San Quentin,” continued Levine. “J. Clark Kelso must be removed as Receiver immediately. Judge Tigar, are you listening?”
A copy of the OIG report can be found here: https://www.oig.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/OIG-COVID-19-Review-Series-Part-3-%E2%80%93-Transfer-of-Patients-from-CIM.pdf
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