We were not tested for COVID on intake or release. I was not provided food based on my dietary restrictions and the entire time I ate 1 orange and a few pieces of celery. As soon as I left I threw up. Guards repeatedly ignored my request for a nurse because I felt sick and needed medication the whole time.
kitchen worker describes consistently expired, spoiled, and contaminated food; aramark workers purposefully failing to address these issues
I have seen our Aramark supervisor, Margarita, pull unused trays out of the garbage to be used on the line again. This concerns me because I try to keep things as clean and sanitary as possible. Margarita sometimes sees rat poop sitting on top of the trays. I have seen her dust off rat poop with her bare hands. I have also seen Margarita pull bugs out of the food, with her hands.
kitchen worker describes feces, rats, cockroaches, birds in kitchen; aramark refuses to adequately address poor food quality and unsanitary conditions
I have found rat poop on top of the meal trays that are going out to the housing units. When I brought this issue up with Margarita, she picked off the rat poop with her bare hands and threw it away.... I reported this to a kitchen deputy and asked for the trays to be remade. We have to fight to get Aramark to throw away food that is not fit to serve. Rather than make all new trays, they try to...
jail lying about amount of testing and not testing correctly leading to inaccurate results; only in compliance during inspections; retaliating against whistle-blowers
The most important thing is for them to know is that the jail is lying to people about how much they are testing. They are not offering the test to everyone. Since March 2020 they have not offered the test to every inmate, so not every inmate has been tested. They are not getting accurate results. They are not doing the procedures the right way.
prisoner reports persistent lack of testing, proper medical care, and sanitation
Then I was moved to HU7 in late July. I haven't had my temperature checked since June; the jail isn't checking temperatures or testing anyone in 7 at all. We used to get soap every week in HU32, but since I came to 7, I haven't gotten soap in weeks. We don't get proper cleaning supplies here either.
prisoner reports low testing rate and suspects jail lying about results of positive covid-19 tests
They lyin, they haven’t tested that many people. The only way we get tested is if we show symptoms. Testing is slowing down and they aren’t taking it seriously.
jail lying about conditions and covid-19 cases, dangerous medical neglect, abuse by deputies, disgusting sanitary conditions: “Every human life here is based on a dollar”
Every human life here is based on a dollar. It doesn't matter if you're spending money on this GTL network or buying these overpriced canteen items. People are being denied the full medical treatment they need. Please share this information with the news and anyone you can. The jail is providing false information to the media. The more people whose eyes are opened to conditions like this the...
denial of testing and mixing of prisoners who have tested positive with others stokes fears of infection
I've requested testing twice, but I never got a response and haven't been tested since about a month ago. I'm worried because I'm celled with someone who previously tested positive, and we're scared he could test positive again even though he has been declared recovered.
no testing or quarantining of people coming into jail, lack of ppe, deputies dangerously exposing prisoners
I was booked into the jail about a month ago. I was never tested or quarantined before being placed into the general population. The jail staff aren't concerned about exposing us to COVID-19.... I saw Oscar Rocha, the deputy that died from COVID-19, walking around the jail without any protective gear.
prisoner describes medical neglect and denial of testing for people with covid-19 symptoms, torturous conditions of infirmary and other abuses
Everyone in the hole had COVID-19. We know we did, even though we were all denied tests. They brought someone to the hole one day, and then took him back to his pod later that same day. But having come to that area where everyone else was infected, he was obviously exposed. Two days later, he was returned to the hole, showing symptoms of COVID-19. Who knows who else he may have spread it to.
deputy rocha “prancing around the entire jail, with no PPE or any precautions, and was exposing the entire jail all while denying he was sick”
They act like we are animals. We are all losing our minds crammed in our tiny cells for 23 hours a day, as if they are cages. We have only one hour a day that we can leave. The rest of the time we are stuck. It is torture. Now with COVID-19 on top of everything, we are being given death sentences. All this, without even being proven guilty.
prisoner describes harassment from deputies, denial of seizure medication, rotting food, feces in shower, mice and roaches, reckless exposure to covid
We just want help with COVID so we don't die. They're carelessly and recklessly exposing us to COVID .... It's life-threatening and it's not okay. It's like attempted murder. It's not okay. It's such a fraud to increase their budget when CA is so in debt right now.
prisoner statement for july 20 press conference
Inmates are people too, and we are innocent until proven guilty. Are inmates not citizens and taxpayers too? Do seven people have to die before you decide to do something about it? Do people have to loot stores before you decide to do your job? Do they want the same thing that happened in San Quentin to happen here? Will they wait for the numbers to get higher before taking action?
prisoner repeatedly harassed by deputy; reports denial of testing, inappropriate use of strip searches, solitary confinement, and other abuses
The public should know that inmates inside are suffering from our lack of medical help, dental care, food, yard time—we get yard two times a week to see daylight, only 4 hours at best. They should know that there are unsanitary conditions and a lot of police misconduct.
people in jail “not being tested at all”; cleaning, PPE, and social distancing measures not being taken
I've asked nurses, Deputy Chong, Deputy Olson, and Deputy Gainer, but they say they don't do coronavirus testing and they won't give us any information or sick call forms. I've been sneezing and have a stuffy nose, but I don't know if they are symptoms of coronavirus because they won't test me. People aren't being tested at all. They're trying to keep things secret here, not letting everyone know...
Prisoner who tests positive for covid-19: “it feels like they delayed testing me on purpose”
When I was finally tested for coronavirus 7 days later, I tested positive. It feels like they delayed testing me on purpose. I started feeling chest pain, back pain, and a headache. I had diarrhea and I couldn't taste anything. Eventually I was tested again and cleared, but I'm worried that in these conditions I'll get it again.
Prisoner explains: “they don’t abide by their own rules”
All jails have a written program that they're supposed to follow. But they don't abide by their own rules. There's signs posted on the wall with rules they're supposed to follow, like out of cell time, pod time, and recreation. But if they don't feel like letting us out, they don't let us out. This is their livelihood - this is their business.
prisoner speaks out about jail conditions including covid-19, grievances, retaliation, sanitation; advocates for more genuine rehabilitation
When you advertise the truth through grievances, attorneys, etc. Alameda County Sheriff’s Office deputies, sergeants, lieutenants use a tactic of retaliation towards you – telling inmates false information about you or other methods. This has been going on for decades at Santa Rita Jail.
featured testimony: prisoner contracts COVID-19 and experiences isolation and medical neglect, explains how jail is using a “trick” of waiting 2 weeks to test and quarantine housing units to keep covid-19 number of cases low: “They treat you like you’re scum”
So Santa Rita could keep their numbers low, this is the trick they did. They knew I tested positive, so what they should have done right then and there is quarantine the whole section. But what they ended up doing was wait until I was done with my two week quarantine, then quarantined the pod and tested them after those two weeks. So by then, if you were sick, it was going to be out of your...
after testing positive for covid-19, prisoner is put into solitary confinement in filthy cell with no medical care: “I thought i was going to die”
The next day, they gave me the COVID test, and on April 30, 2020, I tested positive. In solitary confinement, I got nothing. No cough drops, no extra blanket, no Tylenol, no hot drink, nothing. Just be in that room and suffer. Truly, I thought I was going to die.