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Jan 15, 2021

Four women with loved ones incarcerated at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, CA join the Beyond Prisons podcast to talk about how prison officials are failing to respond to the pandemic. 

Their names are Mary, Dawn, Crystal, and Alice. Nearly a year into this crisis, these women described conditions at CTF that expose a yawning gap between the picture painted in CDCR press releases and the experiences of incarcerated families. 

They explain how cold and unaccountable prison officials and politicians have been in response to basic demands for PPE, testing, and quarantining. They underscore how the suffering at CTF reaches far outside the walls and into their homes as they struggle to defend their loved ones while holding down jobs, raising children, showing up for others, and more. They also talk about the power and support they draw from one another as a group, and the importance of building this community during this crisis. 

If you haven’t heard our previous episodes on Soledad, it might help for you to go back and listen to those first. We’ve linked to them below.

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: The Crisis At Soledad (January 2021)

COVID-19 Dispatch From California Prison (April 2020)


Created and hosted by Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein

Edited by Ellis Maxwell

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Theme music by Jared Ware

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