Valley State Prison Inmate Family Council 

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Newest VSP/CDCR INFORMATION

Health Care Form - (Medical Release Form)
Family members who have filled out the (Health Care Form 7385) can call the health care line at
(559) 665-6100 Ext. 6562  for information and concerns on your loved one having tested positive for COVID-19.  

Medical Release Forms are available on the FORMS tab, 7385 is suggested of multiple copies of 3   (1-Counselors copy,1-Loved Ones copy, 1-Your copy

CDCR Website, Resource and Updated Information Website:  www.cdcr.ca.gov

September - 09/09 & 09/26
October - 10/07 & 10/28
November - 11/14 & 11/25
December - 12/12 & 12/24
January - 01/06 & 01/23
February - 02/03 & 02/14
March - 03/10 & 03/24
April - 040/4 & 04/21
May - 05/09 & 05/26












As of August 17th, 2020 (changes may occur without notice)

D1 and D2 are on precautionary quarantine with modified program.

A1 and A2 on modified program.

C4 will be on modified program starting today


FREE CALLS

August 12th, 2020

August 26th, 2020

There are no limit on number of calls; however, each institution may limit time.  


FREE WEEKLY COMMUNICATIONS AT STATE CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES

https://web.connectnetwork.com/free-weekly-communications-at-state-correctional-facilities/

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JULY UPDATES:


California Statewide Inmate Family Council (SIFC)

The SIFC serves family and friends of incarcerated loved one in the state of California.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and representatives of families of the Incarcerated are jointly committed to work together to support connections between inmates and their families through improved communication, shared information, issue identification, and resolution.

This site is used to share information with local IFC’s across the state, as well as families and friends of incarcerated loved ones throughout the state.


CDCR today announced additional actions to reduce population and maximize space systemwide to address COVID-19. The department estimates 8,000 currently incarcerated persons could be eligible for release by end of August under these new measures, further decompressing facilities.CDCR’s previous pandemic emergency decompression efforts have reduced inmate populations systemwide by approximately 10,000, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission within its facilities. For an overview of these new release actions, visit the CDCR/CCHCS COVID-19 website here



CDCR and telephone provider GTL have partnered to offer the adult incarcerated population two free calling days for the month of July. These two free call days are scheduled for July 9 and 23. There is no limit on number of calls; however, each institution may limit time to accommodate need. 


The department estimates 8,000 currently incarcerated persons could be eligible for release by end of August under these new measures, further decompressing facilities.CDCR’s previous pandemic emergency decompression efforts have reduced inmate populations systemwide by approximately 10,000, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission within its facilities. For an overview of these new release actions, visit the CDCR/CCHCS COVID-19 website here

 

In coordination with California Department of Public Health, CDCR developed a staff testing plan for those who have been redirected to an institution due to a COVID-19 outbreak. The plan includes a quarantine period between the last day worked at the prison experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak and initial testing, outlines use of telework and administrative time-off while in quarantine and between testing results, and health and safety protocols immediately after the return to their home institution.Process for testing redirected staff


Staff shall be tested no sooner than seven calendar days following last day of work at the institution experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak. During this waiting period, staff are placed on paid leave. If the calendar day lands on the weekend or holiday and testing is not available, the employee will test the next business day. 

· While results are pending, the employee may perform telework if available. If telework is not available, the employee will be on paid leave.

· As soon as the result is received and it is negative, the employee may return to the institution to work. Upon returning to work, the employee will continue to self-monitor and follow the established departmental face covering or personal protective equipment requirements based on their home institution or work assignment.



June 12th, 2020-CDCR's plan to safely further reduce the inmate population
An email to provide additional information concerning CDCR's plan to safely further reduce the inmate population. The reduction will happen under  California Government Code section 8658. Under the plan,inmates who are within 180 days of their release date will be removed from prison if they meet the following criteria:

1. They are not serving a current term of incarceration for violent felony offense as (c) defined by California Penal Code section 667.5 (c)
2. They are not serving current term of incarceration for a serious felony offense as defined by California Penal Code section 1192.7 (c);
3. They are not required to register under California Penal Code section 290;
4.They are not serving current term of incarceration for a domestic violence offense;
5. They do not have a California State Risk Assessment score indicating a high risk for violence and 
6. They have a post-release housing plan.

June 8th, 2020 - Release on Inmates due to Health provisions and CDCR's plan to safety.
An email to provide additional information concerning CDCR's plan to safely further reduce the inmate population. The reduction will happen under  California Government Code section 8658. Under the plan,inmates who are within 180 days of their release date will be removed from prison if they meet the following criteria:

1. They are not serving a current term of incarceration for violent felony offense as (c) defined by California Penal Code section 667.5 (c)
2. They are not serving current term of incarceration for a serious felony offense as defined by California Penal Code section 1192.7 (c);
3. They are not required to register under California Penal Code section 290;
4.They are not serving current term of incarceration for a domestic violence offense;
5. They do not have a California State Risk Assessment score indicating a high risk for violence and 
6. They have a post-release housing plan. 

Coronavirus Update: 
We Want You to Stay Connected 

 

GTL and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation. To help you stay connected with your incarcerated loved ones during this time, GTL has partnered with CDCR to extend the free calling program by providing all persons incarcerated at CDCR with free United States domestic phone calls every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, for five (5) weeks, beginning March 31, 2020 through April 30, 2020. Phone calls will be provided as conditions and security allow. 

 

DETAILS:

  • All facility phone stations will be configured with free collect calling to United States domestic phone numbers on the following dates:
    • Week 1: June 3rd
    • Week 2: June 10th
    • Week 3: June 17th
    • June 21st (Father's Day)
    • Week 4: June 24th

  • All persons incarcerated will be entitled to make free United States domestic collect calls on these days (see schedule above).
  • The called party will be informed that they will not be charged for this free call.
  • At the end of each program date, free collect calling will end. 

We hope this helps you stay connected during this difficult time.

 

Thanks,

The GTL Team



Visitation Information IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR VISITING

As part of CDCR’s COVID-19 prevention efforts, normal visiting will be canceled statewide until further notice. This includes non-contact visits, family visits, and the Division of Juvenile Justice. CDCR values visitation as an essential part of rehabilitation, but at this time the Department must make difficult decisions in order to protect the health and wellness of all who live in, work in, and visit state prisons. Stay up to date on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 response and prevention recommendations at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/


Message from CDCR 
Secretary Ralph Diaz

As CDCR and CCHCS work around the clock to combat COVID-19, we have asked those in our care to make great sacrifices. We have stopped programs, we have limited movement, and we are no longer allowing volunteers and program providers to come into our institutions. We value these positive rehabilitative programs, as they provide a sense of normality and humanity inside while giving incarcerated people opportunities for successful returns home. Suspending programs was not a decision made lightly – it was done to protect the people who live and work in our institutions.


The families of incarcerated people have not gone untouched in these decisions. We know the impact a support system has on an incarcerated person's success is immeasurable. We have asked great sacrifices of the families of incarcerated people by making the decision to suspend visits for the same reason – to protect you, your loved ones, and our staff. People with loved ones inside are unable to see one another face to face, which adds worry and stress on top of the worry and stress that comes with having a loved one inside, especially during these unprecedented times in our society.

With that in mind, I have asked our partners to brainstorm ways to increase opportunities for engagement between the incarcerated populations and their support systems. Two of our partners, Global Tel Link (GTL) and JPay, have answered the call. Beginning March 31st, CDCR will provide three full days of free phone calls for incarcerated people each week. The free calls will be available from 12:01am to 12:59 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays through the end of April 2020. GTL previously offered two days of free calls, March 19 and 26. March 19 provided more than 137,000 calls and more than 1.3 million minutes of phone time. March 26 provided over 146,000 calls for more than 1.4 million minutes in a single day.  Both days were roughly double the call volume for an average day – the value of which is not measured in dollars and cents, but in compassion, strengthened relationships, and love.

CDCR’s electronic messaging provider, JPay, is now offering reduced-price emails to registered users at its current pilot sites: High Desert State Prison, Kern Valley State Prison, California Institution for Women, Central California Women’s Facility, and Substance Abuse Treatment Facility. Free emails will be available for those who are unable to pay. Details will be provided to the incarcerated population at the institutions.


I am grateful to GTL and JPay for understanding how vitally important it is for families and friends to stay connected. While the health and safety of all who live and work in our prisons is our consistent priority, emotional well-being is also our priority. These efforts will go a long way toward easing minds and keeping families in touch. Your continued partnership is valuable and appreciated.


As we continue to make changes, we thank you for your patience. We will do our best to keep you informed and connected. You can stay up to date on our efforts at www.cdcr.ca.gov/covid19.

With gratitude and respect,


RALPH M. DIAZ

Secretary, CDCR

COVID-19 UPDATES 
MARCH 17, 2020

There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within CDCR institutions.


  • Effective March 17, no volunteers or rehabilitative program providers will be allowed to enter state prison until                   further notice.
  • All rehabilitative programs, group events, and in-person education classes are cancelled.
  • The Office of Correctional Education is working to provide in-cell educational programs so as to not interrupt                     educational credit-earning.
  • The Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) will postpone all parole suitability hearings through March 20.
  • All Interstate Compact Agreement transfers of out-of-state parolees or inmates to California will cease for 30 days.
  • Effective Wednesday, March 18, all CDCR/CCHCS staff in all locations will be given the same verbal screenings in           place at state institutions. They will be asked whether they are showing new or worsening signs of a respiratory           illness and if they answer yes will not be permitted to enter the building.
  • CDCR has activated an email box, COVID19@cdcr.ca.gov, to answer questions from the public, employees, and             stakeholders related to COVID-19. This email address will be monitored and questions will be directed to the               appropriate divisions.
  • CDCR’s inmate telephone network provider Global Tel Link (GTL) has offered the adult incarcerated population free           phone calls from 12:30 a.m. Thursday, March 19, through 11:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26. 

INMATE PACKAGES 
DURING QUARANTINE

They will re-ducat them, once they are off quarantine.  R&R will hold on to them and not send them back.  They will get their packages, they not need to worry.    

posted 03-16-2020

FAMILY VISITING SUSPENDED 
BEGINNING MARCH 16TH

Family Visiting WILL BE SUSPENDED at ALL CDCR adult institutions until further notice beginning March 16, 2020.  Families visiting this weekend (March 14-15) will finish their visits scheduled.

posted 03-15-2020

Do not worry if you don't get calls as some yards are on hold with limited day room.  This can be changed on a daily basis.  Just know VSP is taking all preventative measures to keep our loved ones as safe as possible during this crisis.

posted 03-15-2020

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR VISITING

As part of CDCR’s COVID-19 prevention efforts, normal visiting will be canceled statewide until further notice. This includes non-contact visits. Family visits will be held as scheduled. CDCR values visitation as an essential part of rehabilitation, but at this time the Department must make difficult decisions in order to protect the health and wellness of all who live in, work in, and visit state prisons. Stay up to date on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 response and prevention recommendations at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

posted 03-11-2020

TALKING POINTS FOR INMATES ON 
NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) 

This is what our loved ones received regarding no visiting due to the Coronavirus

As most are aware, there has been a lot of attention on the recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in California.  The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and California Correctional Health Care Services are dedicated to the safety of everyone who lives in, works in, and visits our state prisons. 
 
At this time, community transmission of COVID-19 has occurred in California.  Facilities should prepare for possible impacts of COVID-19 and take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as well as other infectious diseases, including influenza and gastroenteritis. 
 
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, just as is influenza.  The risk to inmate exposure is near zero if one does not develop respiratory symptoms.  This virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets – coughing and/or sneezing.  It is essential to take preventive measures to avoid exposure and to decrease the spread of infectious illnesses.
 
1. Preventative Measures to Take in Order to Decrease the Spread of Any Infectious Illness. 
 
The California Department of Public Health reminds everyone that precautions you take when fighting the flu are no different from what you should be doing every day to avoid COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases.  You should be doing the following:
 
*Wash your hands regularly. 
*Consistently cover your nose and mouth when you cough/sneeze.  
*Keep your hands away from your eyes unless thoroughly cleansed.  
*Disinfect your housing and/or work areas thoroughly (NOTE:  Cell Block 64 must be mixed properly and after                   spraying, must sit while wet for approximately 3-5 minutes before wiping to receive optimal results of the                       disinfectant.)  
*If you are sick or displaying any symptoms of illness, do not report work or school.   
*If you have a weakened immune system, limit yourself to exposure by refraining from participating in large groups             and/or events. 
*When in large groups and/or participating in events, take extra precautions to ensure you are practicing basic                   hygiene practices.
 
The spread of COVID-19 may be significantly reduced when you use basic hygiene practices; therefore, encourage other inmates to do the same.
 
2. Displaying Symptoms If you are displaying symptoms of illness (fever, cough, or difficulty breathing) do not report to your work/school area.   Please advise medical staff by either notifying your housing officer to make contact with medical to report your symptoms, or you may immediately submit a sick call slip (CDCR 7362) with a description of your symptoms/illness.  
 
If you see others displaying symptoms of illness, keep your distance; however, please encourage them to seek medical attention or to submit a sick call slip with a description of their symptoms/illness.
 
3. Scheduled Visits or Walk-In Visits At this time, the Inmate Visiting Program is now closed until further notice; however, in the event it reopens, please encourage your visitor(s) prior to coming to the institution that if they feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, to stay home and to postpone the visit.  Inform your visitor(s) they may return to the institution when they are no longer displaying symptoms of illness.  Any illness that can spread from person to person will develop rapidly within the correctional environment, putting all whom live, work, and visit at risk.  Please protect yourself, your visitors, and others.
 
For those participating in the Inmate Visiting Program are encouraged to maintain preventative practices throughout your visit.  Wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, often, and use the hand sanitizers’ stations.  Standing hand sanitizers are ordered and will arrive to your institution as soon as possible.  It is the responsibility of you and your visitor(s) to ensure when using the hand sanitizer that you use it properly.  Proper use is dispensing the hand sanitizer into the palm of your hand and rubbing the product all over the surfaces of your hands until dry.   

posted 03-12-2020

There is a need for donations of toddler toys for the visiting rooms.


All donations need to be NEW and in original package.  Donations can be given to the Visiting Lieutenant or Sergeant in Visitor Processing.   Please no dolls, teddy bears or any other stuffed animals.

posted 01-17-2020

REFUNDS ON CASHLESS 
VENDING CARD

There has been some questions regarding refunds on the cashless vending card.  Please read the following for complete instructions on how to receive a refund:


To receive a refund by mail send the card(s) with a self-addressed stamped envelope to:


Adams' Vending

11230 Gold Express Drive, Suite #310

Gold River, CA 95670


A check will be mailed to you,  If a self-addressed, stamped envelope is not included with the card, $1.00 will be deducted from the refund to cover the cost.


Refunds will only be issued if the card is able to be read by the scanner.  The card MUST NOT be broken, bent, torn  or damaged in any way to receive any refund.  If the return card is undamaged and able to be re-used, you will be refunded the $2.50 deposit, in addition to the amount remaining on the card.   If the physical appearance of the card is altered or the card has been bent or otherwise damaged, the deposit will not be refunded.


If you wish to receive an e-mail notifying you when the refund is mailed to you and the amount of the refund, please include an e-mail address when returning the card.


If you wish to check on the status of your refund, you may e-mail Adams' Vending at the following address: avcardrefundstatus@gmail.com


Please allow up to 14-21 days from the date you mail the refund request to receive your refund.                                 

posted 01-17-2020

Adams Vending is raising prices once again, effective December 26th.  The IFC is sorry we have to report this to you.  Our hands are tied.  We have tried for years to stop this to no avail.  We are sorry that the prices continue to rise.

posted 12-12-2019