Did you know that:
- medical care in Santa Cruz jails was outsourced to a for-profit company in 2012?
- since this company, California Forensic Medical Group (CFMG), took over in 2012, there have been multiple preventable deaths in the Santa Cruz Main Jail, most recently in September 2015?
- CFMG has a track record of poor care all over California; “CFMG’s population-adjusted rate for such deaths is about 50 percent higher than in other county jails.”
- the Santa Cruz Civil Grand Jury has issued 3 special reports since 2013 regarding medical care in the jails, highlighting issues of inadequate oversight?
- the contract with CFMG is about to be renewed for another 4 years at the Board of Supervisors meeting THIS TUESDAY, September 13, 2016?
While improvements have been made since the last tragic death in our jails, effective oversight of medical care is still a major issue. The current system lacks transparency and disempowers patients. Sin Barras, a local Santa Cruz activist group, invites you to show your support for humane treatment of imprisoned people by:
- Asking the Board of Supervisors and Sheriff’s Office to implement an independent medical feedback tool actively seeking input and suggestions from people in custody about the medical care they receive.
- Sharing your own or a loved one’s story of medical care in our jails.
- Sharing your ideas for solutions.
Show your support for treating people in custody as human beings who do not deserve to have their health damaged due to inadequate medical care by:
- Attending the September 13 Board of Supervisors meeting and speaking during public comment
- Adding a comment to the Public Discussion online about this agenda item
- Contacting the Board of Supervisors or Sheriff Jim Hart (please consider copying us at email@example.com)
- Writing a Letter to the Editor
- Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (we will respect your privacy and only share your personal story if you specifically give us permission)
- Friending Sin Barras on Facebook
This contract renewal set to happen on September 13th is an excellent opportunity to put the spotlight on the need for change to protect those in custody, but it is not the end of the line; this is an ongoing issue. The community must hold the government accountable for the health and safety of people in custody.
Here is a list of resources to help you to take action: