Valley State Prison Inmate Family Council 

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NEWSY NOTES

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

Visiting will be CLOSED 

for the day on March 28, 2020 (Saturday.)   *SEE LETTER BELOW 

They will be working with BEP (Business Enterprise Program) the department in DOR

(Department of Rehabilitation) that oversees the vendors and training.


They are working with BEP over pricing and price gouging by vendors.  Let's hope there will be a very positive outcome.


 posted 01-23-2020   

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