Outside the black main gates of San Quentin State Prison, a crowd of more than 50 gathered Thursday to call on Gov. Gavin Newsom to immediately reduce the prison’s population to save lives amid an explosive and deadly coronavirus outbreak inside the North Bay facility. James King, a 54-year-old former prisoner who was released in December and now works for the Oakland-based Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, was joined by family members of prisoners, elected officials, medical experts and a group of young prison reform advocates, as he read a letter he recently received from Thang Tran, a man currently being held at San Quentin. “This is the most scared I’ve ever been in my life,” King said, reading the letter. “I’m begging for you to hear us and please, Governor Newsom, save our lives. We’re dying in here.” The coordinated demonstration, organized by the the #StopSanQuentinOutbreak coalition, which includes Re:Store Justice, the Ella Baker Center and other advocacy groups, occurred as the prison is now dealing with 1,315 active cases. At least seven prisoners have died. Public figures such as state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, and four Assembly members spoke alongside Bay Area public defenders and medical… Read full this story
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