This story was told by a person incarcerated at an ICE/Private-Contractor facility.
UCI: Yeah absolutely, so what has the COVID situation been like each time you’ve gone in?
Caller: It wasn’t—I just got out of a state facility, and we were like locked down. We were getting—I was actually excited. I felt kind of bad actually because I was like, we were locked up, we were amongst the first I think of the public really to get the Moderna vaccinations. I was really excited about that. I got it in February. During this time, when they picked me up on this arrest right now, what was it? August.
These guys they show up particularly. It was kind of annoying to me because they are still running guys in and out for violations. The petty stuff, it’s a small county. It’s how they make money is locking people up.
They’ve been keeping them coming, but we had breakouts. I was in a unit—a quarantine unit, and we had- they had two guys come down with it in a unit of 20 cells, so it could house like up to 40 people, but they had two guys come down with it within—it was actually like the day I got there or a day before I got there, two guys came down with it.
Then another, I think it was six after that. It was like eight total in one week. I know there are 20 cells, but I we didn’t have everybody double celled, so we only had like 20 people in there, and I was kind of amazed because the walls aren’t—it’s not completely sealed. Like the front part of your cell is open.
How do you say, it’s like, there’s no covering, like there’s no wall. It is just a metal thing like a grille or something. So, I was really surprised. It’s really a small unit and had like eight guys in one week come down with it.