According to the CDCR, the concentration of confirmed cases at San Quentin is 621.9 per 1000. By comparison, for California (a hot spot state) as a whole, the confirmed case rate is 11.1 per 1000. (source:
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San Quentin State Prison, San Rafael, CA
Capital & Main, 7/27/20
The coronavirus infection spread rapidly through San Quentin. According to the California
Less than half of the prison's current 3,524 population had been tested in the two weeks
The vigil organizers include the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity and the Stop
The day following the vigil a twelfth prisoner, Troy Ashmus, died of the coronavirus
According to the CDCR, the state prison system now has 7,672 confirmed cases, of which
Laura Mondragon, wife of a prisoner, told the vigil participants that Newsom had to act
While the names of some of the San Quentin prisoners who have died are public, others are not.
The vigil called on Governor Gavin Newsom to release prisoners from San Quentin, and some
Austin Tam. an activist from Buenavista United Methodist Church in Alameda.
Pastor Allison Tanner leads participants in a prayer ritual outside the San Quentin gates.
A line of participants stretches out alongside a banner on Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
A vigil participant
A vigil participant
Danny Thongsy, a former prisoner, faced deportation to Laos by Immigration and Customs
Participants pray for the prisoners who have died.
Dr. Art Chen, a doctor at Asian Health Services in Oakland, tells vigil participants, "There is no
Laura Mondragon is the wife of a prisoner, and talked about the trauma of not knowing what
Lillian Galedo, director (ret) of Filipino Advocates for Justice, holds a sign and the banner.
Saabir Lockett, special projects coordinator at East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy,
Dr. Sue Chan, a founder of Asian Health Services, came to support her son, a San Quentin prisoner.
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