US Human Rights Network Blog

US Human Rights Network Blog



SIGN ON: Release people from San Quentin State Prison now!

Aug 6, 2020

We need your organization’s support to sign-on to our letter to California’s Governor Newsom, calling for an urgent depopulation of people incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison.

This week the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirmed the 22nd COVID-19 death of a person incarcerated at San Quentin. Currently over half of the prison population has been infected with the virus. This situation is out of control and unacceptable. It is a violation of the human right to health.


San Quentin is not unique in its inability to provide safe conditions for incarcerated people during a global pandemic. Facilities across California including other state prisons, immigration detention centers, and jails are also experiencing issues with overcrowding that would inevitably mean the growth of another fatal outbreak if the Governor and CDCR do not urgently and drastically reduce the number of people incarcerated statewide. Read the full letter here.

Please help us in supporting our partners at the #StopSanQuentinOutbreak Coalition by signing your organization on to the letter today! The deadline to sign on is next Thursday, August 13. 

Thank you for your ongoing support and work on the ground to fight for the human rights of all people in the United States.