A woman who had written a blog complaining of conditions at Santa Rita Jail has died in custody, possibly of a drug overdose; she marks the third death at the Dublin facility this year and the 51st person to die there since 2014, according to data collected by KTVU.
Five years since Alameda County dumped Santa Rita Jail's healthcare provider, Corizon Health, and hired Wellpath to take over, claims of medical mistakes or a lack of oversight have persisted, calling into question what, if anything, has changed.
Alameda County is pushing back on a scathing U.S. Department of Justice report that found the mental health care and overuse of isolation at Santa Rita Jail are "unconstitutional."
The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division issued a damning report, saying the mental health care system in Alameda County, and in particular, Santa Rita Jail, violate parts of the Constitution.
These latest two suicides bring the total number of people killed at Santa Rita Jail to 50 since 2014. That is the highest number of in-custody deaths of any jail in the Bay Area.
The state auditor on Wednesday issued a lengthy report criticizing three jails in California, singling out Santa Rita Jail for not sharing enough information about the mental health of incarcerated people and having an excess surplus of $135 million, much of which wasn't reported properly.
While Jonas Park had known substance abuse problems, his mother and a civil rights attorney question whether more could have been done for him - including sending in a mental health counselor, giving him more free time out of his cell and making sure he could call his relatives - knowing his mental state and family history.
Capt. Michael Carroll has served 25-years in the sheriff's office, and says there have been several controversies during his time there, including inmate suicides and charges of wrongdoing by deputies.
Sgt. Ray Kelly said the plan is to vaccination all 1,650 employees who "have been on the front lines serving county residents during the pandemic." Incarcerated people will start to get the vaccines next week.
While the name and circumstances of the person who committed suicide are not known, it does end a 13-month stretch at the jail where no one committed suicide, the subject of a federal lawsuit against the Sheriff's Office.
The citation also doesn't mention Deputy Oscar Rocha or technician Valerie Leon by name. It merely states that the investigation into workplace safety was "fatality initiated."
Civil rights attorney Pamela Price is running for a second time to unseat District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, who has held the seat since 2010. First-time candidate JoAnn Walker, a San Francisco police officer of 25 years who lives in Hayward, is running to oppose Sheriff Gregory Ahern, who has held his seat and ran unopposed since 2007.
The activists are demanding a state takeover of the jail, better testing and medical care, and the release of more eligible inmates, among other demands.
As of Thursday, 76 inmates and six workers at Santa Rita Jail have tested positive.
Authorities found the cart in one piece, but now they are looking to give that man a ride back to jail, on a theft charge.
Civil rights lawyers fear the virus will spread through Santa Rita Jail, which as of this week, held 2,224 people, reflecting a nearly 24% increase in May.
Christian Madrigal's parents have been grieving since he died last June after they called 911 to get him mental help after he experienced some sort of psychotic break after experimenting with mushrooms about two weeks prior.
Capt. Dan Brodie is head of Santa Rita Jail's COVID-19 Compliance Unit.
The videos were produced by the Public Defender’s V.O.I.C.E. project. They describe who is eligible to vote and provide instructions for how to vote from jail.
Jonah Andrews was one of two people who died in Santa Rita this year, a marked drop from prior years. Since 2014, 47 inmates have died while in custody at Santa Rita, which has the highest-jail death rate in the Bay Area, according to an analysis by KTVU.