Taylor, Shariff



"Contracted" Thursday 8-6-2020 Well everyone, Covid-19 has finally reached the prison I'm incarcerated at (Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility), so I diligently have to be on guard against catching it by doing all the preventative measures that we are advised to do by medical professionals like...wearing my mask, wearing gloves, distancing myself, disinfecting everything around me regularly, washing anything I wear right away and bathing as much as possible. On 8-4-20, the inmates of our unit were informed by medical staff and officers that an inmate in our building has contracted Coronavirus, so we are to be put on full lockdown until we receive a Covid-19 test, which they actually performed on 8-5-20, plus we've had temperature checks twice a day since then. All of a sudden, the Administrative Branch has sent this building the much-needed cleaning chemicals to disinfect this whole unit on 8-5-20 also. We should be afforded the option of having cleaning solutions inside our cells too instead of having to entrust our lives in the hands of "Tier Tenders," "Porters" or inmates who work for the building officers. I've filed a written form to the Warden addressing this issue on 8-4-20. I've filed a 602 petition for Release due to Covid-29 Conditions on 8-5-20 too. Now I have to call my mom an let her know what's happening just in case something happens to me in this "Death Trap". Lastly, I informed organizations like TGI Justice Project and the Prison Law Office of what's going on. Don't worry, I'll continue to keep everyone posted as long as I'm around to report it. Thank you for your time. Sincerely Shariff Taylor [ID] P.S. Since writing this letter three (3) other inmates have contracted Covid-19 inside this unit.

Author: Taylor, Shariff

Author Location: California

Date: August 6, 2020

Genre: Essay

Extent: 2 pages

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