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Are you a resident of Sacramento, California and either ineligible for a vaccination or having trouble getting an appointment to do so? Have you considered trying to get arrested? That might be your golden ticket because the city has now moved to prioritize the more than three thousand inmates in the jail system to get their jabs immediately. The decision was made in response to prisoners’ rights advocates who apparently have the ear of the City Council. Of course, if you do go that route, you’ll be stuck in a dank cell, potentially with a violent criminal cellmate, but at least you won’t catch COVID! (CBS Sacramento)
The Sacramento County Jail system currently houses 3,300 inmates. The decision to vaccinate them comes after inmate activists called for safer COVID conditions in the jails following several outbreaks.
Craig Allen is 62-years-old and fighting several medical conditions, a plight that’s put him in Sacramento County’s phase 1-C. He’s still unable to get a vaccine.
On the one hand, it’s not as if I don’t understand the concerns being raised here. Prisoners are literally locked up with very little control over how many people they come in contact with. If conditions are crowded, that’s a lot of recirculated air to share and communal surfaces inmates are touching. If you have a serious outbreak in jail it’s going to be a problem.
But at the same time, the Sheriff’s Department has already granted early release to hundreds of non-violent and lower-risk offenders to create more space and reduce contamination risks. They’re pretty much down to the hardcore prisoners that simply cannot be safely put back out on the streets at this point. There was a fairly nasty outbreak back in January, but they seem to have gotten things mostly under control again.
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