Hundreds of COVID-19 Cases at Santa Rita Jail – Run Like ‘Penal Colony’ Charge Critics

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Hundreds of COVID-19 Cases at Santa Rita Jail – Run Like ‘Penal Colony’ Charge Critics

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DUBLIN, CA – The Alameda County-operated Santa Rita Jail – which is run like a “penal colony” according to one critic – is continuing to suffer a catastrophic COVID-19 outbreak, with more than 400  confirmed cases just between May and August, 2020 alone, according to prisoner advocates at a Monday news conference.

Amber Akemi Piatt, the director of the Health Instead of Punishment Program at Human Impact Partners (HIP), addressed the outbreak in the Santa Rita Jail, run by the Alameda County Sheriff and the fifth largest in the country.

Piatt charged the Sheriff’s Office has “long been plagued with scandal,” including “collaborating with ICE,” and “pressuring Oakland police to use tear gas against Black protesters.” Read Full Article