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Prison health care workers to strike at Santa Rita Jail

Original post made on Mar 14, 2008

More than a hundred health care workers at Santa Rita Jail plan to strike this Tuesday if their demands aren't met. The employees of Nashville-based Prison Health Services, which contracts out to Alameda County, claim they are understaffed at the jail and it's having an enormous impact on the prisoners' care.

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Posted by Sis deonna muhammad
a resident of Heritage Valley
on Mar 14, 2008 at 10:55 am

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Posted by been there
a resident of Kolb Ranch Estates
on Mar 14, 2008 at 1:31 pm

I''ve been there. asked to see a nurse or doctor, and was refused. not only do the gaurds not care about the basic well being of inmates. i'd say neither do the nurses. they are terrible. treat everyone like they are full of it, never run a test, or even give a decent check up. the CDC, needs alot of clean up to run properly. did you all know every inmate is supposed to recieve 1 pillow. most do not. i didn't for about 75 days. untill the state inspection came, then magically everyone has a pillow,, and a blanket. some were shivering in there sheets. jail is not supposed to be enjoyable, but it is supposed to adhere to basic human rights and practices. the feed each inmate on 32 cents a day, not meal. then freeze them out. then if a person is in need of medical attention they will never recieve it.
I have epilepsy. never got my medication. was taken to a "seizure clinic." which for me was a concrete cell no toilet, no bench. and left there for 12 hours. cold, hungry, and uncomfortable. not like i was gong anywhere, but at least if i saw the doctor and got my meds, it would have been fine. but 12 hours later they said he doesn't have time for you and will call for you tomorrow. the next day same thing. the fallowing day the same thing again. finally, i just went to work even if they told me i had a doctor. just to avoid the iso cell, for trying to see a doctor. what they did was actually illegal. someone with epilepsy, is supposed to have immediate treatment. i never had anything. luckily i didn't have a seizure in my 120 day stay. but was concerned. it isn't just the jail or guards, it is the medical staff as well.
Rude, quick, and don't address the issue you came for, after all these are just inmate right. if they want more money do a better job. i would say the same for the deputies at srj, but they already get the money, they just choose not to do a good job.

Posted by Hey Been There.,,
a resident of another community
on Mar 14, 2008 at 2:44 pm

News Flash -- YOU WERE IN JAIL! You're not supposed to expect Valley Health Care medical standards, nor a room similar to lodging at the local Holiday Inn.

If you want to be treated nicely, then play nice in society.

Posted by been there
a resident of Kolb Ranch Estates
on Mar 14, 2008 at 4:55 pm

oh i know wxactly where i was, point being, these aren't valley care practices people are asking for, it's an advil. it's a bandage so they don't bleed on people. it's the medication they need to not have an attack of their illness. in 120 days i witnessed 5 deaths in my building. i say that is alot. these were violence issues. these were medication issues. if i had a seizure fell of my bunk and snapped my neck, it'd be an issue, and the CDC and all california. it would be nice to have a pre-emptive process so those, who actually need medical attention, don't have to wait until it is too late. jail shouldn't be easy, but it should risk your health or life!

Posted by Hey Been There.,,
a resident of another community
on Mar 15, 2008 at 7:37 am

Point well taken. I know of someone who was arrested on a Saturday and the arresting officers were fully briefed on the inmates medical condition. That inmate was showing signs of DTs when visited on Sunday and the visitor was told they'd been evaluated and were fine. Monday, while in the holding cell awaiting a court appearance, this inmate went into an alcohol withdraw seizure. Luckily, the inmate survived. Otherwise, Alameda County would have seen litigation and bad press like you wouldn't believe.

If something like this happened to you, and as you say it is "illegal," why did you not take action? Did you think no one would believe you because you were THE inmate?

Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Mar 15, 2008 at 11:54 pm

Once upon a time I had the "opportunity" to attend a driving school safety class(traveling 35mph in a 25 mph zone). During the class a young lady stated she was "innocent of all charges" and the next time she was "innocent" when stopped, she would refuse to sign the ticket. The CHP officer conducting the class assured this young lady she would immediately be taken to Santa Rita if she refused to sign the ticket. He also told her she would regret her decision because, in his exact words, "There's animals on both sides of the bars out there".

That was many years ago and those word still echo in my memory.

Posted by Been there
a resident of Kolb Ranch Estates
on Mar 17, 2008 at 11:17 am

Oh I was guilty of DUI, my sentence was fair. I'm never tried to fight that. Jerry's statements are completely correct. both sides will give you a wooping. ask a guard a question, pillow, blanket, you are in a iso cell with nothing but 4 walls. shivering, until the guard remembers to get you. then you won't complain about again about not having a blanket. No-one is listened to. for one second i thought the medical staff might treat you like a human, i was wrong. i see no need for them to get more anything, they treat people like they are gaurds themselves. poorly. After all when you are in jail how can you get your views heard. you are a animal to them and no-one will listen to the dogs bark as they walk by.

Posted by Hey Been There.,,,
a resident of another community
on Mar 17, 2008 at 12:28 pm

As I stated, I am aware of how inmates are treated. Key Learning -- You likely won't put yourself in that position again by driving under the influence now that you know "Club Rita" ain't no country club.

As for whether the medical staff deserve higher wages -- keep this in mind too. You could be being treated by uneducated morons for lesser wages. Or not treated at all because those same medical resources could easily be working for an outside health care provider or in private practice and making a heck of a lot more than Alameda County is paying them.

Posted by Been there
a resident of Kolb Ranch Estates
on Mar 18, 2008 at 12:46 pm

It was a mistake, i delt with it. but thats not the issue, the issue is, the wage increase at srj for the medical staff. for you info, they are uneducated morons. they know less than i did after a 9th grade health class. It's not like anyone is treated anyway, like i said in my building, just 1 building, in under 4 months, 5 people died, give me a thermometer, and some advil, and enough food, they probably would have lived. good job health staff and santa rita. what about the incident where they beat a difficult inmate until death in a holding cell, the medical staff ruled that as death due to meningitis, not being beaten in a concrete room. but that's how honest our system is. i was an ITR worker and witnessed most of it, including the initial beating and body bag. some of these guys have a huge chip on their shoulder. the medical staff does nothing. the guards will beat you, and the inmates are you only chance of security. good job to the CDC for keeping up with the corruption. their is video tapes that need to be reviewed after every shift. there is inmates who need medical attention, and there is guards that belong on the other side of the bars.

Posted by Hey Been There.,,
a resident of another community
on Mar 18, 2008 at 12:56 pm

How recently did your situation occur? Perhaps a class action is needed as it appears this is a bigger problem that what I was privy to some years back.

Posted by Been there
a resident of Kolb Ranch Estates
on Mar 18, 2008 at 2:38 pm

1/08-6/08. the beating happend in late april early may. yea it seams something should, but with out inside police investigation nothing will happen. no-one listens to inmates. they was a suite recently against the jail which thousands of people were eligable for monetary compensation. for the misuse of the strip search and guards overly reviewing the tapes. nothing about the jail is correct. they will have many more suites. if you take the jail to court though, who pays. me, you, our neighbors. it's not really worth it, structural change is definately needed. but no-one cares. convicts can't vote. normal civilians don't care about inmates. " it will never happen to me", untill the day you drive home from dinner and get pulled over after a margarita, or couple beers. then you can't do anything, because your right to vote is stripped. but though i'm against any suite, because it is simply higher taxes. then more taxes cause we will have strike threats from medical staff, techs, deputies, but feeding 6000 people at 32 cents a day is ok.
the system is messed up. but people have to mess up to get there. but people should have basic rights. medical, and nurishment are givens that shouldn't have any issues, yet do.
they need revisions. but only handle internally, which isn't right. the pillow and blanket issue, where by law every inmate is entitled to 1 blanket, 1 set of sheets, and 1 pillow. i didn't get mine for 3 months until the state inspection. cutting costs, to go where. more money wasted. let's see i paid about $4k, to the state/ county. plus the state pays the jail approx $130 a day to house the inmate. so if i pay for my incarceration, why do the tax payers? i'm telling you alot of wasted money.

Posted by Mom of victim
a resident of Southeast Pleasanton
on Nov 5, 2009 at 8:11 am

My son died at SRJ in April 2007. They said it was Meningitis. He was taken on a Saturday Morning, and died alone on a Monday Morning. He had turned himself in months before, did his time in two jails and completed his work furlough program. Police picked him up early and it was apparent he was very sick. He did not receive any medical care and when he was discovered, he was already cold to the touch.
I am looking for past inmates or SRJ workers to tell me what really is going on. I am in a law suit against PHS and Alameda County. My son was clear and not "WANTED". His warrants were out dated. What kind of computers are they using that they can't stay current? He was in total compliance with his Parole Officer. In fact, she called two weeks after his death and wanted to talk to him. She didn't even know he was picked up much less passed away. She was stunned.
email me @ [email protected]

Posted by Another Gatetree Resident
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Nov 5, 2009 at 6:17 pm

I am so sick and tired of hearing about how poorly INMATES/CRIMINALS are treated while in JAIL/PRISON. Example - Susan Atkins. Thankfully she finally died, but how many years did she suck off my taxes? This woman detailed to fellow inmates her participation in the Tate/LaBianca murders, saying she stabbed Tate and that she had tasted Tate's blood. Susan wanted compassionate release. Where was her compassion for Sharon Tate and her unborn child.

I hope these folks do strike. The people they tend do deserve two hots and a cot. Nothing more.

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