8/25/2020: CDCR and CCHCS are working to resume county jail intake in a safe, controlled manner that protects the health and well-being of all who live and work in state prisons. 11/26/2020: An incarcerated person from Substance Abuse Treatment Facility died on Nov. 26 from what appear to be complications of COVID-19. 7/4/2020: Condemned inmate Dewayne Carey pronounced deceased due to what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (25th death statewide). For the latest CDCR COVID-19 information and updates, visit the CDCR COVID-19 Preparedness webpage. More information can be found in the CDCR press release here: https://bit.ly/30buF3c. 8/6/2020: CDCR distributes KN-95 masks to all institutions for use by staff, contractors, visitors, volunteers, and the incarcerated population. 6/28/2020: Second incarcerated person from CVSP (22nd death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. Previously identified prisons include: San Quentin State Prison, Central California Women’s Facility, California Health Care Facility, California Institution for Men, California Institution for Women, California Medical Facility, Folsom State Prison, and Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility. More than 1,000 inmates have been tested since Aug. 12 with less than 1 percent of results coming back positive. 7/20/2020: Condemned inmate Troy A. Ashmus was pronounced deceased on July 20, 2020, at an outside hospital from what appears to be complications related to COVID-19. These two free call days are scheduled for September 9th and 26th. 12/06/2020: An incarcerated person from Substance Abuse Treatment Facility died on Dec. 6 from what appear to be complications of COVID-19. 10/04/2020: An incarcerated person from Chuckwalla Valley State Prison died on Oct. 4th at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (69th incarcerated person death). 12/06/2020: An incarcerated person from Substance Abuse Treatment Facility died on Dec. 6 from what appear to be complications of COVID-19. Family visits make up a small percentage of all prison visitation. 12/14/2020: An incarcerated person from California State Prison, Los Angeles County (LAC) died on Dec. 14th from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. On Monday, 12/14, 26 individuals were moved from San Quentin State Prison (SQ) to California State Prison, Corcoran (COR). 6/19/2020: Board of Parole Hearings extends use of video conference to conduct parole suitability hearings through July 22, 2020. 12/02/2020: An incarcerated person from California State Prison, Los Angeles County (LAC) died on Dec. 2 from what appear to be complications of COVID-19. CDCR issued a press release on his death. 7/12/2020: An incarcerated person from San Quentin State Prison was pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (34th death statewide). 4/15/2020: Cloth face coverings required for institutional staff and incarcerated population. 9/26/2020: An incarcerated person from California Institution for Men, an inmate from Avenal State Prison, and an inmate from Folsom State Prison died on Sept. 1st at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (62nd, 63rd, 64th incarcerated person deaths). 9/1/2020: CDCR, CCHCS partner with Center for Restorative Justice Works (CRJW) to share family messaging. This is the fourth COVID-related inmate death at SATF and the 91st statewide. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said just before 9 a.m., inmates Gustavo Reyes, Martin Pacheco and Angel […] Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. 8/4/2020: A general population inmate from San Quentin State Prison was pronounced deceased on Aug. 3 from what appears to be complications related to COVID-19 (51st incarcerated person death). 12/11/2020: An incarcerated person from Correctional Training Facility died on Dec. 11 from what appear to be complications of COVID-19. 12/18/2020: An incarcerated person from Correctional Training Facility (CTF) died on Dec. 19  from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. CDCR now “boasts” 2436 new cases per 100,000–ten times worse than the CA rate of 345 per 100,000 that has all of us hurtling toward the purple tier. 12/02/2020: An incarcerated person from Correctional Training Facility died on Dec. 2 from what appear to be complications of COVID-19. Posters: Flu vs. COVID symptoms; Pros and Cons of the influenza vaccine (population); Pros and Cons of the influenza vaccine (staff). At least 11 missing after landslide in Norway, Woman from phone accusation theft video speaks out, Girlfriend of Nashville bomber told police in 2019 he was building explosives in an RV, City of Vallejo allegedly wants to fire controversial president of the police union. 5/12/2020: Second all-staff appreciation video released, 5/12/2020: (CCI) Friends & Family share video with messages for loved one, 5/12/2020: COVID-19 Patient Movement for Mental Health Treatment memo released regarding precautions when patients must be moved between Department of State Hospitals and CDCR, 5/12/2020: COVID-19 Guidance for Daily Program Regarding Social Distancing for Cell or Alternative/Dorm-Style Housing of Eight Person Cohorts memo sets expectations as daily operational programs are developed, with goal to mitigate exposure of staff and inmates, 5/11/2020: Eight temperature-controlled tents assembled at CIM for medical triage, testing, and treatment, 5/09/2020: CDCR/CCHCS confirm a fifth inmate from California Institution for Men passed away at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19, 5/08/2020: CDCR/CCHCS confirm three inmates from California Institution for Men died May 6 and May 7 at outside hospitals from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19, 5/07/2020: Video message honoring Correctional staff released in honor of National Correctional Officer Week, 5/07/2020: Video message honoring Correctional Education staff released in honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week, 5/06/2020: CDCR, CCHCS, DJJ share video message to kick off National Nurses Week, 5/06/2020: In-person peace officer testing components to resume via small groups in May, except for physical fitness test, 5/05/2020: Enhanced Patient Testing Tracker unveiled to provide enhanced testing and results data by institution, “resolved” category and new methodology for counting COVID-19 tests, 5/05/2020: Secretary Diaz and Receiver Kelso share video message of appreciation to all staff in honor of Public Service Recognition week, 5/05/2020: “Returned to work” column added to Employee Status Tracker, 5/03/2020: CDCR, GTL to offer two days of free phone calls each week through the end of May, 5/01/2020: Guidelines released for supply donations, 4/29/2020: CDCR announces 1,928 inmates have been transferred to alternate institutions to create physical distancing; 331 transferred within their local institutions, 4/29/2020: COVID-19 Response FAQ page redesigned for increased functionality for easier navigation, 4/29/2020: DRP announces Innovative Programming Grant disbursements, CARE Grant applications to proceed as scheduled. This is the 2nd incarcerated person assigned to FSP to be identified as a COVID-related death. Highlights of this information will also be shared with the public on our website coming soon. 7/4/2020: An incarcerated person from San Quentin (26th death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. Read stories covering different types of crimes, the lives of inmates, politics, changes, reforms and more. (48th and 49th incarcerated person death). 4/15/2020: Governor Newsom signs Executive Order addressing Division of Juvenile Justice release and reentry process. There have been no COVID-19 cases reported anywhere in the prison system, but some have voiced concerns that virus cases could be particularly hard to detect among inmates. 10/20/2020: An incarcerated person from California Institution for Men died on Oct. 15 at an outside hospital from what appears to be complications related to COVID-19 (71st incarcerated person death). SACRAMENTO — Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Secretary Ralph Diaz will be retiring effective October 1, 2020 following almost three decades of service to the people of California. 12/14/2020: In an effort to protect inmates, employees, and outside communities, CDCR and CCHCS are working closely together to provide safer housing for medically high-risk individuals in certain prisons by relocating individuals from open dorm/open cell settings to housing with solid doors, as supported by COVID-19 guidelines for correctional settings. This is the third patient death from PVSP and the 113th statewide. Video visiting that has been scheduled at five institutions will still be held with COVID-19 precautions taking place such as physical distancing, required mask use, and cleaning between appointments. 12/09/2020: An incarcerated person from Chuckawalla Valley State Prison died on Dec. 9 from what appear to be complications of COVID-19. A new screening poster was also distributed. This is the fifth COVID-related inmate death at SATF and the 92nd statewide. 9/14/2020: CDCR/CCHCS partnered with Center for Restorative Justice Works, the organizers of the “Get on the Bus” program, to exchange messages of hope between families and individuals who are incarcerated with a pilot program called, “Beyond the Bus.” In this pilot with LAC and CIW, the community shared the following messages of support: CIW videos from community; LAC videos from community. This is the second patient death from PVSP and the 107th statewide. The State Worker from the Sacramento Bee provides the latest news that affects workers in California's government and state agencies, including the … 8/11/2020: CDCR expands number of institutions for those who are identified as medically high-risk and within 365 days or less to serve to be eligible for expedited release: California Men’s Colony, California State Prison-Los Angeles County, Mule Creek State Prison, and California State Prison-Solano. 4/14/2020: Inmates leaving CDCR custody for longer than one day to attend court hearings will not be accepted back until intake is resumed. 12/21/2020: An incarcerated person from RJ Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) died on Dec. 21 from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. 7/1/2020: CDCR and CCHCS provided further clarification and expectations of mandatory use of facial barriers by all staff while performing work on institutional grounds. 12/21/2020: Any staff member who refuses to undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing will be sent home without pay. The coverage noted that since March, CDCR has reduced the population of its prisons by 14,856 through early release programs and decreasing intake from county jails. During the worst sickness I’ve ever had in my life, I refused to notify the staff for fears of getting sent to solitary. "Now, these Bulldogs aren't keeping their side of the truce." 12/18/2020: CDCR and CCHCS release vaccine FAQs. Updates For the latest CDCR COVID-19 information and updates, visit the CDCR COVID-19 Preparedness webpage.. JUMP TO: October 2020 | September 2020 | August 2020 |July 2020 | June 2020 | May 2020 | April 2020 | March 2020 DECEMBER 2020. All Access Digital offer for just 99 cents! The last time that number was below 100,000 was in 1990, when California’s overall population was almost 10 million less than it is today. CDCR has implemented mandatory verbal screening for every person entering any work location since March 14, in line with screenings in place at prisons. CDCR, Cal Fire, and the Los Angeles County Fire Department jointly operates 43 conservation camps in 27 counties. Estimates of 8,000 inmates could be eligible for release by end of August, in addition to the state’s reduction of about 10,000 persons since the start of the pandemic. 6/18/2020: 16th incarcerated person from CIM (18th death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. The women of CIW shared a video with community supporters and also show appreciation for the messages received on this video. 8/13/2020: An incarcerated person from California Institution for Men died on Aug. 13 at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (54th incarcerated person death). No additional information is being provided to protect individual medical privacy. 12/18/2020: An incarcerated person from California State Prison, Corcoran (COR) died on Dec. 18 from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. 11/25/2020: CDCR announced it will be suspending intake from county jails effective Nov. 26, based upon public health and health care guidance. 7/11/2020: Two incarcerated persons from San Quentin State Prison was pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (32nd and 33rd deaths statewide). This is the ninth COVID-related inmate death at CVSP and the 95th statewide. He was assigned to San Quentin State Prison (67th incarcerated person death). The CDC Newsroom contains information for media professionals. ... Get the latest news … Starting on Tuesday, the prisons stopped classes, rehabilitation programs, and group events, such as anger management, and barred anyone who helps provide these programs from entering prison ground. This is the first COVID-related inmate death at SATF and the 84th statewide. Also, a message by the men of LAC, discussing important safety practices and asking family members to also stay safe, will be posted by CRJW and shared by CDCR social media accounts as well, later in the week. 4/23/2020: CCHCS launches new COVID-19: Interim Guidance for Health Care and Public Health Providers webpage, 4/23/2020: CIM increases physical distancing efforts using temporary housing, 4/22/2020: All transfers out of Reception Centers are suspended through May 22, 2020, 4/21/2020: Sunset of 14-Day Mandatory Modified Program, 4/21/2020: Individuals who purchased supplies for family visits they were unable to use due to COVID-19 cancellations will receive a refund, 4/21/2020: Division of Rehabilitative Programs, Options Recovery Services to provide packaged assignments for inmates in Offender Mentor Certification Program to continue studies, credit-earning, 4/20/2020: Any person being released from CDCR custody will be provided a facial barrier, 4/19/2020: CIM inmate dies from complications related to COVID-19 (first death of an incarcerated person statewide), 4/18/2020: Mass testing of 100 inmates at LAC. This is the second patient death from COR and the 105th statewide. No additional information is being provided to protect individual medical privacy. 7/16/2020: The Board of State and Community Corrections has approved $15 million from their Federal emergency COVID-19 funds to be allocated to CDCR so the department can better meet the housing needs of those being released from prison who are at-risk of homelessness, and to protect public health and safety. Last week, CDCR suspended all regular visits, but said it would allow multi-day intimate visiting to continue. This is the first patient death from KVSP and the 108th statewide. This measure is taken as part of CDCR’s comprehensive enhanced precautions related to COVID-19.”. Authorities said Edgar C. Delgado was found and taken into custody at a fast food restaurant Friday afternoon in Nipomo. He joined the Bay Area News Group in 2014. 6/16/2020: CDCR announces community supervision program to further protect inmates and staff from the spread of COVID-19, 6/15/2020: First youth tests positive within a Division of Juvenile Justice facility, 6/15/2020: 15th incarcerated person from CIM (17th death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19, 6/14/2020: 14th incarcerated person from CIM (16th death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19, 6/12/2020: Memo released to provide updated safety guidelines for employees, 6/11/2020: First incarcerated person from CVSP (15th death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19, 6/10/2020: Effective immediately, any incarcerated person scheduled to transfer to a different facility must have tested negative for COVID-19 within seven days of transfer, 6/10/2020: 13th incarcerated person from CIM (14th death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19, 6/9/2020: First incarcerated person from CIW (13th death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19, 6/9/2020: Mandatory staff testing for COVID-19 begins this week at San Quentin State Prison and California State Prison, Corcoran, 6/8/2020: Inmate Advisory Council members featured in video about proper mask usage, 6/03/2020: CCHCS announces it received 20,000 (COVID-19) test kits from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services last week and an additional 20,000 this week, 6/03/2020: Plant Operations employee at Ironwood State Prison dies after recently testing positive for the coronavirus, 6/03/2020: 12th incarcerated person from CIM dies at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19, 6/02/2020: 11th incarcerated person from CIM dies at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19, 6/2/2020: CDCR, GTL partner to provide free calls every Wednesday in June, 6/1/2020: Suspended design and construction projects to resume effective June 2020, 5/31/2020: 10th incarcerated person from CIM dies at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19, 5/30/2020: California Rehabilitation Center Correctional Officer dies after testing positive for COVID-19. 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