“We are in unprecedented times as we deal with the challenges COVID-19 pandemic,” California correctional health care receiver J. Clark Kelso said in a statement.
“In order to meet the current needs of the response, as well as working towards further delegations of medical care returned to state control, it became obvious that the reorganization is necessary to ensure sustainability in the long term.”
During a pandemic, officials in the US have identified prisons as the main sources of the virus. But the prisoners and experts have warned social distancing is a major challenge for many facilities.
Adnan Khan, Executive Director for re:the shop of justice, reform of the criminal justice system advocacy group, said it was impossible for the detainees to follow the protocols for social distancing and other governing documents of the centers for disease control and prevention.
Khan spent four years in prison San Quentin is located in the North building, where 800 people share 12 collect call phone and 20 shower in a communal bathroom.
At the facility announced that it had also suspended the transfer after criticism from state leaders later can transfer from the California institution for men in Chino.
Governor of California Gavin Newsom turned to a deadly outbreak at the prison during a press conference Monday, saying that prisoners who were transferred from the California institution for men in Chino in San Quentin, spreading the virus on an object that “has not been passed.”
Si-EN-EN Jenn Selva, Nicole Chavez and John Passantino contributed to this report.
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