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Dec 30, 2020

Brian Sonenstein interviews a woman we’re calling “Alice” to protect her and her family from retaliation from California prison officials. 

Alice was on Beyond Prisons in April 2020 to discuss the situation facing people enduring the pandemic while incarcerated at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, California.

If you haven’t heard that episode yet, you may want to listen to it first for added context:

In this conversation, Alice tells us about a recent protest held at Soledad and how women have been fighting for months for prison officials to improve health care measures inside the facility, which has one of the highest rates of COVID-19 infection in not just the state prison system, but in California. 

She describes how corrections officers have refused to wear masks and retaliated against incarcerated people for getting CDCR to mandate them. She talks about how people are struggling to eat without access to the commissary and how unresponsive CDCR has been to family members throughout the pandemic. We also discuss how the public’s attention to COVID-19 in jails and prisons seems to be waning at a time when we’re seeing the highest case counts yet.

Families are planning a protest for January 16 at 10 AM in Sacramento. For more information, contact Alice at

Episode Notes & Resources

COVID-19 Dispatch From California Prison (April 2020)

Shadowproof’s Marvel Cooke Journalism Fellowship


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