Saturday, May 23, 2020

COVID-19 California Prison inmates affected & recovered

The following COVID-19 Prison update is a Courtesy of  Vanessa, from 

 If you prefer to look at CDCR's website of 

As expected of a closed-in Prison Population with limited "social distancing", the Numbers are creeping up, both in the number positive cases and in the number of cases ‘resolved’ or recovered from the virus.  
This BLOG is specific to California prison and the acronym for the specific prison (as well as location) can be viewed at CDCR link here. 
Keep in mind that the numbers changes daily but as of the past week [before Memorial Weekend] -->The breakdown is as follows:
The Total positive cases in the inmate population today stands at 714, up some 40 from yesterday.  By individual prison: CIM 460 (8+); CIW 116 (6+); CVSP 52 (12+); ASP 49 (17+); LAC 32 (no change); CMC 4 (3-) and CEN 1 (1-).  No, the numbers don’t exactly match, but there are also changes in the number of cases ‘resolved’ cases.  The most concerning number, that of deaths related to CoVid 19, remains at 6, all from CIM (Chino)
CDCR has released no additional information today—again, leading into a long weekend, not unexpected or surprising.  We will of course keep checking throughout the weekend and posting daily. 
Please continue to send Vanessa, from Life Support Alliance
information on mask wearing and other details inside, LSA follows up on each and just the fact that LSA keeps bombarding CDCR with questions and particulars keeps them on their toes—someone is watching.  And thanks to those who let LSA know their posts are helpful to them and their loved ones, in letting them know what’s going on.  That’s LSA's objective, to provide information.
LSA continues the battle with CDCR, to get everyone to wear masks—and that means prisoners as well as staff members.
A REMINDER to family member,  unless your loved one has added you to his/her Medical release form, CDCR Form 7385, CDCR cannot, by law, give you ANY information about their medical condition. 
If you aren’t sure whether you’re on that Health disclosure form, send this form (see link below) in to those you care about, have them sign it and send to their counselor to put in their file.  In fact, send in 2 forms, send one to the counselor and send one back to you.
Here’s a link to the form:
Everyone stay safe, enjoy the weekend as much as you can.


Friday, April 10, 2020

CDCR COVID-19 OMBUDSMEN Contacts and Low Level release

The Prison Law Office (Berkeley) along with Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld (San Francisco), who champion the Brown v. Plata case and Coleman v. Brown cases filed an  EMERGENCY MOTION to release elderly and sick inmate from the overcrowded prison, approximately 2 weeks ago.

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration addressed a panel of federal judges and stated that the state is taking “extraordinary and unprecedented protective measures” to slow the spread of the virus and protect those who live and work within California’s 35 prisons, including an accelerated parole policy — affecting inmates due to be released over the next 60 days.  This does not include lifers and does not accelerate the parole process for lifers.

Last week, the 3-panel Federal Judges rejected a move the Prison Law Office and Rosen, Bein, Galvan & Grunfeld, [Plata & Coleman] attorneys for the class of inmates covered by Coleman and Plata, to force CDCR to release large numbers of inmates due to the CoVid-19 issue.  The judges, however, invited the plaintiffs to refile in a different manner, and the attorneys indicated they would do so. 

On a good note--> State lawyers reported CDCR intends to accelerate parole dates for 3,500 inmates serving terms for nonviolent crimes and already due to be released within 60 days and will now be released “within the next several weeks.”

The state has also stopped transfer of county jail inmates into the state population, which will reportedly keep about 3,000 additional people out of the state prison system. CDCR is also moving 480 to 530 inmates out of dorms, where prisoners are bunked as close as two feet apart with shared sinks and showers, to relocate them to other facilities, as yet unspecified.

In addition, Court documents show CDCR began testing March 7 and began testing incoming staff or temperatures this week.  In the first 3 days of those checks began, 170 workers had temperatures and were turned away.

Fast forwarding to this week : 37 positive inmate tests,  CIM seems to be the hot spot, both for inmates and for guards. 

The totals infection counts [below], by prison, as of the writing of this BLOG:

INMATES: CIM, 23; LAC, 12; CIW, 1; NKSP, 1; SATF, 1.

STAFF: CCI, 1; CHCF, 2; CIM, 19; CIW, 2; LAC, 9; SAC, 5; CAL, 2; CENT, 2; CCWF, 1; FSP, 4; NKSP, 1; MCSP, 1; SQ, 5; SVSP, 1; SATF, 2; VSP, 1 AND WASCO, 4

CLICK this CDCR-POPULATION COVID-19 TRACKING Link for up to date count:

For those of you continuing to email (and call) asking for help in getting your individual out—LSA has compiled and made available on their website a resource guide—so that each family can address the needs and problems at each prison.  Go to, [Resources page, the CoVid 19 & CDCR Resources]

For a shortcut we have included the OMBUDSMEN contact names and phone numbers for you to call the appropriate Institution for your loved one. (Courtesy of LSA)


Sara L. Smith
Chief Ombudsman, (916) 324-5458
Institutions covered:
Central California Women’s Facility
California Institution for Women (CIW)
Folsom Women’s Facility (FWF)
California Rehabilitation Center (CRC)
California Institution for Men (CIM)

Xina Bolden
Ombudsman, (916) 324-6123
Institutions covered:
California State Prison, Corcoran (COR)
Deuel Vocational Facility (DVI)
California Men’s Colony (CMC)
Centinela State Prison (CEN)
Calipatria State Prison (CAL)
California State Prison, Solano (SOL)

Larry Cupler
Ombudsman, (916) 324-3265
Institutions covered:
Folsom State Prison (FSP)
High Desert State Prison (HDSP)
California Correctional Center (CCC)
California City Correctional Facility
CSP Los Angeles County (LAC)
Avenal State Prison (ASP)

Scott Jacobs
Ombudsman, (916) 323-2994
Institutions covered:
California Correctional Institution (CCI)
Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP)
North Kern State Prison (NKSP)
Ironwood State Prison (ISP)
Chuckawalla Valley State Prison
Sierra Conservation Center (SCC)
Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP)

Tami Falconer
Ombudsman, (916) 324-5448
Institutions covered:
Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP)
Correctional Training Facility (CTF)
California Substance Abuse Treatment
Facility and State Prison at Corcoran
California Medical Facility (CMF)
San Quentin State Prison (SQ)
Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP)

Eric Joe

Ombudsman, (916) 324-1000
Institutions covered:
California Health Care Facility (CHCF)
California State Prison, Sacramento
Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP)
Valley State Prison (VSP)
Richard J Donovan Correctional Facility
Wasco State Prison (WSP)

Thursday, March 26, 2020

BPH Parole Hearing Postponed thru 4/3 and then VIDEO/AUDIO

A new (3/25/2020) Executive Order (EO) N-36-20 from the Executive Department of the State Of California, delineated the new way of doing business (due to COVID-19) and the impact to the parole suitability hearings.

In order to enforce the Social Distancing [due to COVID-19] the Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) is coordinating to execute Parole Hearings via VIDEO/AUDIO to avoid the need to access the prison. In our Opinion, this will run afoul of the right to appear at your parole Hearing. BPH/CDCR has decided this and will be enforcing it via the Executive Order N-36-20 (see link below for the full Order)

Inmates and their attorneys can elect to Postpone (or waive)  their hearing under the provision that it shall be rescheduled for the earliest practical date.

According to the new Executive Order N-36-20 from the Executive Department of the State Of California -The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has infectious disease management plans in place to address communicable disease outbreaks such as influenza, measles, mumps, norovirus, and varicella, and CDCR has taken a series of additional proactive steps to
reduce the risk of introducing and spreading COVID-19 in CDCR facilities.

Following is an EXCERPT of the Executive Order- as it relates to inmates and attorneys:

5. For the next 60 days, and for the term of any extensions, to the extent that
any law or regulation gives any person the right to be present at a parole
hearing, that right is satisfied by the opportunity to appear by
videoconference. Specifically:

a. For inmates who choose to go forward with their parole hearing by
videoconference during the next 60 days, and during the term of
any extensions, the inmate's right to be present and to meet with a
Board of Parole Hearing's panel under Penal Code sections 3041,
subdivision (a) (2),3041.5, subdivision (a) (2), and California Code of
Regulations, title 15, section 2247, is satisfied by appearance
through videoconference.

b. For inmates who choose to go forward with their parole hearing by
videoconference during the next 60 days, and during the term of
any extensions, Penal Code section 3041.7 and California Code of
Regulations, title 15, section 2256, which provide that an inmate has
the right to be represented by an attorney at parole hearings, will
be satisfied by the attorney appearing by videoconference
and by
providing for privileged teleconferencing between the inmate and
attorney immediately before and during the hearing. Such inmates
will also be provided reasonable time and opportunity for privileged
communications by telephone with their retained or appointed
counsel prior to the hearing at no charge to either party.

c. For hearings conducted by videoconference during the next 60
days, and during the term of any extensions, the right of victims,
victims' next of kin, members of the victims' family and victims'
representatives to be present at a parole hearing will be satisfied by
the opportunity to appear by videoconference, teleconference, or
by written or electronically recorded statement, consistent with
California Constitution, Article I, section 28, subdivision (b) (7), Penal
Code section 3043, subdivision (b) (1) and California Code of
Regulations, title 15, section 2029, and as provided in Penal Code
sections 3043.2 and 3043.25.

d. For hearings conducted by videoconference during the next 60
days, and during the term of any extensions, Penal Code section
3041.7 providing that the prosecuting attorney may represent the
interests of the people at the hearing will be satisfied by the
opportunity to appear by videoconference, teleconference, or a
written statement.

The Full BPH Executive Order is posted on the Law Office of Diane Letarte website regarding AUDIO/VIDEO Parole Hearings Orders, as a substitute for an Appearance at the Parole Hearing.