COVID Prison Testimonies: Scotty in California, June 2020

June 23, 2020

I am a “high risk” medical lifer (LWOP [life sentence without possibility of parole]) out here in the Central Valley of California at a joint called CSATF-SP at Corcoran. We have been on a modified lockdown since March 15, 2020, with “masks reusable” cloth types given on April 12, 2020. Most convicts comply with wearing them. However, when the staff (CO’s) refuse, it has caused issues, to say the least, with COVID-19 getting behind the prison walls. We all know the potential deadly link comes from the outside world. We (convicts) are threatened with RVR’s [rules violation reports] if we don’t comply with mandatory masks. The prison website is telling the world that hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies are available, and that is not factual at all.

Please put this in your newsletter. Our loved ones deserve to know the truth. COVID-19 has a lot of us older cons nervous because we did not sign up for a “civil death” by negligence. Thank you all for publishing such a quality pamphlet and I have and will continue to share with other concerned convicts. Take care of yourself and your loved ones and please know that we respect your commitment to those of us (convicts) who are often forgotten.

Respect,

Scotty

Ps. Social distancing in prison is impossible, yet they shout it out 30-50 times a day.

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