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.
These newly released Internal Affairs documents provide the first glimpse into how 10 deputies, sergeants and captains viewed the chain of events that transpired that day. It is also the first time that Lt. Craig Cedergren’s thoughts and actions that day have been made public.
The 13-page assessment written by Mike Brady of Sabot Consulting on July 7, also reveals a myriad of other problems at the jail, including the fact that 30% of newly incarcerated inmates refuse to take COVID-19 tests, but are then allowed to remain in the same group with inmates whose tests came back negative.
This is a huge drop from the jail's peak of 104 positive cases at the end of last week, which attorneys for the county revealed occurred earlier in early July in the kitchen.
No inmates have died from the virus.
One inmate among the 100 infected with coronavirus in Santa Rita jail describes how the outbreak has changed life behind bars.
Oscar Rocha, an Alameda County sheriff's deputy, has died from COVID-19. He was 56.
The latest count shows there are 106 cases of COVID-19 at the jail, including inmates and staff.
The cases include 41 inmates in unit 25, where the kitchen and laundry workers live, and 56 inmates from unit 22, which is maximum security.
"This would certainly be one of the highest number of cases that I think we've seen at once," attorney Kara Janssen said. "This is deeply concerning. It just goes to show the need for constant vigilance on this. There is not a minute you can let up."
The sheriff had wanted to fire Lt. Craig Cedergren immediately after the IA case was concluded but had to wait for the proper process, which is called a Skelly hearing, to play out
His parents, Jose Jaime and Gabriala Covarruvias, have filed a federal civil lawsuit against the Alameda County Sheriff's Department for wrongful death.
The videos appear to contradict the sheriff’s narrative that Christian Madrigal was violent and needed to be restrained.
The DA said that she did not find it unreasonable that Christian Madrigal was chained to the door by his ankles, but she did find it "concerning" that he was left there unattended to a "fixed object," and these methods do not demonstrate "best practices."
Absent from these documents is any body camera footage to provide evidence of what occurred to Christian Madrigal last summer.