There haven’t been any confirmed cases of COVID-19 inside California’s state prisons. But as a precaution, the state has suspended access to all visitors.
On their COVID-19 preparedness page, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says “CDCR recognizes the value of visitation in maintaining important connections with family. However, at this time the Department must do all it can to protect the health of those who live in, work in, and visit state institutions.”
Anyone entering the prisons is also being verbally screened for symptoms of respiratory illness.
This conversation with the Uncuffed producers at Solano was recorded on Friday, March 13.
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KALW’s radio training program in California prisons is supported by the California Arts Council, with funding from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The producers fact-check content to the best of their ability. All content is approved by a prison information officer.
Write to the Uncuffed producers at Solano State Prison:
Level 3 Education / Media Lab
P.O. Box 4000