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)