Since August 2012, at least four people have died in Santa Cruz County Jail from lack of medical care and other inhumane conditions: Christy Sanders, Rick Prichard, Brant Monnet, and Bradley Gordon Dreher.
In July 2012, the Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors voted to outsource county jail medical care to Monterey-based California Forensic Medical Group. CFMG provides services for 25 CA counties and has an extensive history of lawsuits against them related to inadequate care, inmate abuse, and neglect.
The conditions inside the jail amount to torture. We demand that county officials provide real healthcare for those inside, eliminate pretrial detention, and fund homeless service programs and drug treatment centers outside of jail walls.
We heard personal stories of struggle and resistance from people who have experienced the Santa Cruz jail firsthand, as well as representatives from Critical Resistance and Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity.
The Brass Liberation Orchestra joined us, playing live music as we marched through Santa Cruz!
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Photo by Bradley Stuart
On April 6th 2013, we invited the community to gather at 4pm at the clocktower downtown to demand an end to inhumane conditions inside the county jail. Since August 2012, at least four inmates have died due to lack of medical care. In September 2012, the County Board of Supervisors outsourced medical services to a private company called California Forensic Medical Group, which has a history of lawsuits related to inmate neglect and abuse. The conditions inside the jail amount to torture. We demanded that county officials provide real healthcare for those inside, eliminate pretrial detention, fund new and better program existing homeless service and drug treatment centers outside of jail walls.
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We protested in order to make these deaths visible, highlight the broader context of overcrowding and lack of healthcare inside California jails and prisons, and create a space for community empowerment. Speakers shared personal stories of struggle and resistance that shed light on the violence of the prison system and strategies for building alternative forms of justice. We also marched through Santa Cruz to amplify these voices.
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Photo Credit: Bradley Stuart & Henry Lydecker