The poor quality of medical care for incarcerated people at the local jail remains an ongoing concern. Sin Barras believes that the County Health Services Agency should resume responsibility for jail medical care; outsourcing this essential service in 2012 has cut costs but hurt these people. Short of that, the 2016 renewal of the contract with the for profit medical provider CFMG (California Forensic Medical Group) is an opportunity to achieve better medical outcomes for these individuals. It is imperative not to miss this opportunity.
The Civil Grand Jury issued three special reports since CFMG’s takeover of jail medical care recommending changes to the jail’s medical procedures that would save lives, but most of these changes continue to be rejected by the Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Department states that the safety of those in the jail is their highest priority, but in the past four years, while under contract with CFMG, multiple preventable deaths have occurred in the jail that can be described as “murders by negligence.”
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.
Join us every Monday at 7:15 PM at SubRosa Community Space.
703 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
We will discuss ways that Sin Barras can support local and state-wide abolitionist campaigns and how we can further support loved ones inside and their families. We will also discuss what’s going right here in Santa Cruz County.
So please, bring your ideas and your desire to end the prison industrial complex!