No For Profit Contractors in San Diego Jails- Protect Public Healthcare Services and Frontline Workers!

To the San Diego County Board of Supervisors; Chief Administrative Officer, Helen Robbins-Meyer; San Diego Sheriff William Gore

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San Diego County Jails, under the management of Sheriff Gore, have the highest inmate death rate in the state. Over-incarceration and chronic understaffing of Medical and Behavioral Health services create inhumane conditions for inmates and healthcare professionals. Now the Sheriff is threatening hundreds of Nurses and Social Workers with layoffs and proposing to contract out their jobs. Targeting those on the front-lines caring for patients and fighting COVID-19 is not only disrespectful, it’s reckless.

Therefore we, the undersigned community members, make the following demands:

  • Reassign management of Medical and Behavioral Health to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, rather than contracting out to for-profit corporations;

  • Increase funding for Medical and Behavioral Health services and staffing to improve patient care, by reallocating funding from policing in the Sheriff’s Department budget;

  • Develop a comprehensive plan to end inmate deaths by developing community-based prevention and care systems in place of mass incarceration.

We stand in solidarity with front-line healthcare professionals in opposing the privatization of services and supporting a just and rapid transition to a system that puts patient and community health first.

Petition by
SEIU Local 221 & Community
San Diego, California

To: To the San Diego County Board of Supervisors; Chief Administrative Officer, Helen Robbins-Meyer; San Diego Sheriff William Gore
From: [Your Name]

San Diego County Jails, under the management of Sheriff Gore, have the highest inmate death rate in the state. Over-incarceration and chronic understaffing of Medical and Behavioral Health services create inhumane conditions for inmates and healthcare professionals. Now the Sheriff is threatening hundreds of Nurses and Social Workers with layoffs and proposing to contract out their jobs. Targeting those on the front-lines caring for patients and fighting COVID-19 is not only disrespectful, it’s reckless.

Therefore we, the undersigned community members, make the following demands:

•Reassigning management of Medical and Behavioral Health to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Administration, rather than contracting out to for-profit corporations;

•Increase funding for Medical and Behavioral Health services and staffing to improve patient care, by reallocating funding for policing in the Sheriff’s Department budget;

•Develop a comprehensive plan to end inmate deaths by developing community-based prevention and care systems in place of mass incarceration.

We stand in solidarity with front-line healthcare professionals in opposing the privatization of services and supporting a just and rapid transition to a system that puts patient and community health first.