Decarcerate Alameda County Roundtable: Locked Treatment Facilities
As we fight to decarcerate our jail and build community-based mental health care, Decarcerate Alameda County (DAC) has been interested in taking a position on locked treatment facilities. We hosted a roundtable discussion on December 9, 2020 with our allies who have expertise and lived experiences on this topic. The panel was moderated by DAC steering member Tash Nguyen.
- Senior Disability Action - Raia Small
- JusticeLA - Ivette Ale - Do No Harm Collective and MHFirst
- Olivia Park and Clio Sady
- Easy Bay Supportive Housing Collaborative - Margot Dashiell
- FASMI - Katy Polony
Santa Rita Jail COVID-19 Data
Check out this spreadsheet for current data about COVID-19 cases and testing in Santa Rita Jail. The spreadsheet is maintained by law student, Darby Aono. Data are gathered from Alameda County Sheriff's Office daily COVID updates.
DAC Teach-In: Who's In Santa Rita Jail?
Watch DAC's public teach-in on the jail population in Alameda County's Santa Rita Jail. We cover jail demographics, trends over time and in comparison to other locations, length of stay, and other key statistics. Accompanying slides are available here.
Recorded, February 10, 2021. Led by John Lindsay-Poland, Tash Nguyen, & E.J. Pavia
Santa Rita Jail COVID-19 Outbreak Press Conference
Watch the footage from January 11, 2021, to hear directly from impacted folks, lawyers, and advocates who are collectively working to defund the sheriff and promote public health in the jail and Alameda County. For more information, check out the accompanying press release.
Alameda County Budget 101 Training
How will Alameda County respond to the national and local demand to defund the police? This 90-minute training on budget advocacy hosted by Decarcerate Alameda County. On June 26th, the county Board of Supervisors considers a $3.5 billion budget, including increased jail funding and cuts to mental health services and other community programs. This training equipped participants with a basic understanding and tools to fight to defund the sheriff. We did not have Spanish interpretation for this webinar. Click here for our training powerpoint and here for our Budget Terminology and Acronyms handout.
The National Lawyers Guild – SF Bay Area has a free Know Your Rights Hotline for anyone who would like to discuss the coronavirus or conditions inside Santa Rita Jail. This number can accept calls from jail as well as from community members who are formerly-incarcerated or who have loved ones inside the jail. The hotline will be staffed by legal workers and community members who have been trained in jail policies, individual advocacy, and the history of prisoner solidarity movements.
If you are interested in becoming a hotline worker, please fill out this volunteer form!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to request that a postcard be mailed to a prisoner.