By CIDR Co-Founders Rhonda Ríos Kravitz and Kalin Kipling-Mojaddedi As communities worldwide fight to contain a pandemic that has brought entire nations to a standstill, many detention facilities’ responses remain woefully inadequate. Yuba County Jail in Marysville, a mere 40 minutes away from California’s capital, is one glaring example. The jail has been under a… Continue reading Guest Commentary: Recipe for Disaster – ‘Unmasking’ Yuba County Jail’s Response to COVID-19
By CIDR Co-Founders Rhonda Rios Kravitz and Kalin Kipling-Mojaddedi As the world confronts a coronavirus pandemic and tries to grasp and mitigate its potential impact, there is one highly vulnerable group that requires more attention: individuals held in prisons, detention camps and jails. Read the whole Davis Vanguard op-ed here.
Little to no contact with loved ones. Lack of access to basic health care. Barriers to adequate legal counsel. Lockdowns that last up to 22 hours a day. These are just some of the reported abuses that jeopardize the fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters who have been taken from their… Continue reading Are Immigrants Being Abused in Our Own Backyard? This Jail Needs Real Transparency
After the strike began, all detainees refusing meals were moved to H pod, a separate branch of the facility that one Yuba County grand jury report called a “dungeon.” Read the whole story by The Sacramento Bee here.
At least 16 people detained by federal immigration authorities in the Yuba County jail have refused food for four days in the facility’s third hunger strike in 10 months. On Wednesday morning, activists from the Sacramento Immigration Coalition and other advocacy groups rallied outside the jail-courthouse complex in support of the strikers. They spoke in… Continue reading Immigrant detainees begin hunger strike in Yuba County jail for improved conditions
At the Yuba County Jail in Marysville, state investigators noted that women and men detained on ICE immigration holds were not separated from the general jail population, something cited last month when dozens of detainees there went on a six-day hunger strike to demand better conditions. Read the whole Los Angeles Times article here.
Sacramento groups hold press conference about hunger strike, jail conditions. Read the whole Appeal-Democrat story here.