- Review the existing contract and evaluate the performance of CFMG from 20122016 with the assistance of qualified medical personnel (Recommendation 3)
In the new contract:
- Provide independent oversight of CFMG and their contract by medically qualified professionals (Recommendation 2)
- Allow an independently retained medical provider to escalate medical care under life threatening emergency circumstances (Recommendation 4)
- Delete the requirement that CFMG pay up to $15,000 per imprisoned person for transfer to hospital care from the contract (Recommendation 5)
- Require that CFGM obtain and maintain accreditation from the California Medical Association Institute for Medical Quality for adult detention facilities (Recommendation 7)
- Require the Sheriff- Coroner to make a comprehensive report of every jail death available to the public (Recommendation 1)
Implement recommendations to ensure that those who are incarcerated and detoxing from opiates are provided proper medical care, including:
- Having the Health Services Agency determine compliance with the Detoxification Treatment requirements of Title 15, Section 1213 (Recommendation 6)
- Use an objective measurement of opiate detoxification stages (Recommendation 8)
- Revise policies for procedures and symptoms necessitating immediate transfer to a hospital or other medical facility (Recommendation 9)
- Establish clear guidelines for when those incarcerated should be given a higher level of care (Recommendation 10)
- Revise the policies and procedures for Detoxification of Chemically Dependent incarcerated individuals to meet or exceed federal guidelines (Recommendation 11)
Sin Barras stands in solidarity with our comrade Manny from the Watsonville Brown Berets who was peacefully demonstrating at a Dump Trump rally where he was brutally arrested by cops this past Friday in Burlingame, Ca. He is currently being held in the San Mateo County jail with bail set at 50K. The police are clearly not on the side of communities struggling against oppression and Manny’s arrest demonstrates that people of color are targeted when they show up strong, resolute in voicing their discontentment with this very corrupt, racist unjust system. The struggle will continue and our voices will be heard! Strength to you Manny and power to those on the front lines, resisting and showing up for change! A legal fund is in the works and we will update you.
Join us every Monday at 7:15PM at Subrosa Community Space. 703 Pacific Ave Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
So please, bring your ideas and your desire to end the prison industrial complex!
Sin Barras presents a film screening of…
Visions of Abolition: From Critical Resistance to a New Way of Life
Thursday March 31, 2016 at 7PM, 01 Center St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
This documentary was designed as a teaching tool to expand knowledge about the history of the prison industrial complex and the prison abolition movement in the United States.
Part I “Breaking down the Prison Industrial Complex” provides a critical exposé of the mass incarceration, the war on drugs, and the connections between slavery, capitalism and the prison industrial complex (39 mins.)
Break: 5 minutes
Part II “Abolition: Past, Present & Future” moves beyond criticism, and offers an example of prison abolition in practice (48 mins).
This film features Angela Y. Davis, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Susan Burton, Melissa Burch, Dylan Rodriguez, and Andrea Smith.
There will be a discussion following the screening.
This event is FREE but donations are accepted. The Louden Nelson Community Center is wheelchair accessible.
Film Content/Trigger Warnings: State-sanctioned police violence, images of various individuals getting arrested, mentions of physical and sexual assault.
The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s office is having a community event tomorrow called “Sheriff Hart Task Force on 21st Century Policing.” They’re going to sell and rebrand the police department to the public by presenting “community policing” as their new strategy. Please show up and tell them what “community policing” is really about. (More money for police officers, new ways to legitimatize police in our communities, deterring solution-orientated alternatives to police and incarceration, increasing our reliance on police, another way for police to gain information and ultimately control our communities). It’ll be held tomorrow, Thursday January 21st, 2016 at 10AM at the Sheriff’s Office Community Room, 5200 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz in Live Oak. It will be for an hour. Please share this widely.http://www.21stcenturypolicing.us/Home.aspx
Sin Barras is in the midst of a transition due to key organizers leaving Santa Cruz. We’re a smaller group now but we are still alive. We’re looking for organizers with passion and new ideas. We want to create strong and healthy communities that make correctional institutions obsolete. We’re also interested in growing our network here in Santa Cruz and beyond. We invite you to come to a meeting if you are interested in working with prison abolitionists. Meetings happen at 7PM on Wednesdays. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for location address.
Please click here to read letters from women inside advocating that Blaine Street remain open.
And here to read a letter from Alcance of the Community Action Board advocating that a woman in Blaine be released rather than moved to the maximum security Water St. jail.
Sheriff Hart has asked people with opinions on the future of Blaine Street Women’s Jail to email Chief Deputy Craig Wilson at email@example.com.
Temporary closure considered for Blaine Street Women’s Jail
SANTA CRUZ >> Dwindling numbers of inmates in recent years at Blaine Street Women’s Jail in Santa Cruz means the lockup could be closed temporarily and its women sent to the Main Jail, Sheriff’s Office leaders said this week.
Sheriff Jim Hart said a decision has not been made but said he wants to talk to stakeholders about the advantages and disadvantages. Blaine Street, a minimum security facility opened in 1984, has a rated capacity of 32 inmates. This week it held about four.
In the past six months, it has held no more than 10 inmates, Hart said. In 2013, the County Jail — which includes the Main Jail, Blaine Street and Rountree Detention Center — was filled past its capacity nearly every day.
“The justice system and the correctional system is not the same as it was a few years ago. That forces us to look at all of our options when we’re using our limited dollars,” he said. (more…)
*The woman who wrote this letter has been held in the county jail since June 2014 without trial. She is currently represented by a public defender, and desperately needs a civil rights attorney to help her fight her case effectively. If you have any leads, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
(See Chief Wilson’s article here: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/opinion/20150502/craig-wilson-jail-officers-jobs-increasingly-complex)
May 7th, 2015
“I am a pretrial inmate responding to Chief Deputy Craig Wilson’s praise of this jail.
Many staff here do handle immature, abusive, violent, manipulative behavior from inmates with industry, integrity, and compassion, serving people who are often in crisis. However, this system has the same flaws as law enforcement in general. Great autonomy without transparency leads to lack of accountability. Inhumane treatment is an inevitable result. Lazy people taking advantage of secure government employment and those who enjoy exercising power over others use their positions here to capriciously neglect or abuse those in their care, creating problems and extra work for dedicated staff members.
The current centuries-old custody paradigm often rewards bad behavior by both inmates and staff. Innovative new approaches incorporating transparency and accountability to reward good behavior by both inmates and staff could result in a truly humane system and decreased crime rates. It’s worth trying.”