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San Mateo County inmates win demands after 10-day hunger strike

Original post made on Jun 26, 2020

Rodrigo Prieto and other inmates in a San Mateo County jail didn't eat for 10 days, striking in protest of unfair food prices and a lack of video visits. But then, they won.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 26, 2020, 7:03 PM

Comments (14)

Posted by Ana B
a resident of another community
on Jun 26, 2020 at 10:34 pm

God bless Rodrigo Prieto and the other participants who went on the hunger strike! So glad that he was able to make a historical change in the corrupt jail system! Much love

Posted by Sir Topham Hatt
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jun 26, 2020 at 11:20 pm

If only there was some way to not be where you have to pay these excessive prices..... Hmmm, maybe it will come to me later.

Actually a packet of Pop Tarts for $1.10 is a pretty good deal. That was a $1.50 item in the snack machine back at the railroad station.

Posted by G.R.
a resident of another community
on Jun 27, 2020 at 7:11 am

Jailtime is hard enough without what some people consider "small" overcharges. It may seem small to you, Sir Topham, but it not so to others. Many are locked up due to problems that should be treated outside of a prison environment including mental health and addiction problems, and others are there because of overpolicing and racial profiling.

Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 27, 2020 at 8:06 am

"overpolicing" What is that?

Posted by case dismissed
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Jun 27, 2020 at 9:02 am

Q: "overpolicing" What is that?

Example: "Sonoma County to dismiss more than 2,700 marijuana convictions"

Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 27, 2020 at 5:18 pm

case dismissed:

that doesn't really answer the question. Those cases are being dismissed because marijuana was subsequently legalized.

So, what is "overpolicing"?

Posted by Bewick’s Wren
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 27, 2020 at 7:31 pm

<< So, what is "overpolicing"? >>

case dismissed, I hope that by now your curiosity has spurred you to Google the term and browse the many results the search engine will present to you, to get an idea of how over-policing is defined by the various groups of people who have studied it. It’s not a fringe term that someone just made up in the Almanac comments section.

Whether you are more inclined to credit articles from a libertarian think tank or from a progressive collective, there is plenty out there to educate you on the concept of over-policing, the evidence for it, the various arguments against and proposed remedies for it.

Enjoy your learning journey!

Posted by Ty
a resident of another community
on Jun 28, 2020 at 5:34 am

Scary that it asks where specifically in the county you are. The overpricing is a lot worse than you think when you take into account fees. A 3 day wait for the items and then you find out that because you get jothing because you didnt write the date. They were sold out. Or the tax on non-food items messed up your math...bye shampoo!
They wont even hand out free fish kits anymore (free cheap bar soap, ineffective tooth brush, a comb, and tooth paste i would not use if avoidable (dawn mist from india...colgate is expensive but worth it.
We need those bc these deputies wont let you have more than one bar of soap. Also i worked in the kitchen. Sorry Lucy, the perks you get for the ONLY working gig in San Mateo is not worth it: you make all the slop food- you never have to eat it! just spend 8 hours of your day up on time work steadily and QUIETLY, and make sure you volunteer, or your ass is back to trying to buy an extra chicken tray...soft baked at 235 f for 2 hours. It is an insanely expensive to just have coffee every day. Or sweetner packets!!! theyre 16 cents EACH OFF BRAND! 5 packets for a dollar? they come in boxes 200 for a dollar at safeway. San Mateo is the worst county to do time in: overpriced, coerced into ineffective courses which take no time off your sentence (allegedly theres more rec but trust theres not. only when we have cool deputies and theres no problems. Whats a problem? EVERYTHING. I cant help but suppress a laugh when i see the writeups. Laundry violations? You know how old these clothes are? You kept a peanut butter from lunch? violation!!!! This is why we protest. Because grievances paint targets not progress...eventually itll be a law suit. frequently put in cuffs at 3 am sat outside and getting the dorm tossed by deputies. Who are throwing away things like Decorations. Maybe a pillow. UH OH were you playing dominoes...inside your cell instead of out??? dont even bother coming outside tommorrow or youll be back 2 man cells. #FSM#PUBLIC NOT PRIVATE#NEVERWAIVETIME#NOPRIVATEPRETENDERS

Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 28, 2020 at 8:52 am


you think maybe I was asking the poster if they actually know what the term means? They still haven't answered the question. People are really good at throwing around terms they have no idea the meaning of.

Posted by Ali Mad
a resident of another community
on Jun 29, 2020 at 12:14 pm

San Mateo County has waaaaay more problems than this, but it's a good start. They lock down inmates 20 to 23 hours a day. Intake is 23 hours a day for up to 2 weeks. They wake them at 3 am for breakfast, Marin changed to 5 am along with a lot of other counties, they don't assign a tablet like Santa Rita (Alameda), which allows contact with family and friends. They haze, they deny the right to vote, they violate ADA and HIPPA. And even so much more beyond that. Maple Street is a max security facility. "All" the deputies prefer the old women's jail. There is no sunlight, they didn't clean up the toxic under the jail at "Chemical Way", it's why J. Paul can't make residential only commercial, due to contaminated soil, the pipes burst in the basement, rendering "in person" visits impossible. Even when booked, visits are cancelled or switched from "in person" to video, or altogether denied at the last minute. Maple Street is a shite show, women mostly with drug or low level property offenses, it's trafficking, they are melting down, being pulled out of intake and GP to "red and mental" b/c of the hazing and lockdown. It's inhumane.

Posted by Mohan Iyer
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Jun 29, 2020 at 12:19 pm

Phone calls should be free right now. It’s the right thing to do. Please see further justification of viewpoint here: Web Link

Posted by Why isn't the Vendor Local?
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Jun 29, 2020 at 1:15 pm

"Keefe Group, a St. Louis-based company" ..... Not even in California? WHY?
Are they trucking Poptarts 2000+ miles?

Posted by Dora Campos
a resident of another community
on Jul 3, 2020 at 11:51 am

San Mateo is full of Corruption at all levels.Almost all rights are violated there, the men get punished for not being able to breath when the so called air conditioning is not working.Ive had to hear my relative wish for death instead of dying a slow death due to suffocation, and he has a Lawyer, and they dont fight for their clients rights either, they steal personal items of mail and other things, they lock the men down for days at a time,they do not allow the 3 hours per week of outside,or excersise time, the incarcerate the innocent, they're great at framing and racial profiling, they're all connected and corrupt, Why wont even an inmate's Lawyer speak out on their behalf? Even after they've been paid in full? We are a not a rich family, we all chip in for every single thing having to do with his situation and he hates to ask or tell us what's really going on there out of fear of punishment or death, it's very real in at San Mateo Correctional. And with the Covid-19, pandemic, it got even worse, no visits of any kind( until last week) with the newly added video visits we've been begging for, that glitches or doesn't even work so you get no visit, but you PAID for it, since they use an outside vendor, and the Jail,can do nothing about it when its happening, so you lose your visit, and that's that, who cares about the little money lost for that visit, I dont, but I do care how each man feels and their families and children when they get let down once again.Imagine how that must feel for them inside with no voice no controls and having to beg for basic necessities like soap ,toiletpaper, they have run out, trust me. They target the Latin/Hispanic /Brown people, and the poor, they are organized crime at the highest level. The D.A. and its assistants are trash, corrupt money makers,who violate their oaths to the people and state. I can go on and on with true facts of the major corruption their.Even the Lawyer said, San Mateo is the worst place to do time, while waiting for a trial that may never come, due to the corrupt system there. It's been an awful journey that makes a person wish for death rather than see your family member suffer so much h at the hands of that corrupt place. To wish for death of your family member rather than watch them suffer a slow death is the ultimate sacrifice that should not be a reality. Those men in there are extraordinarily strong, to be able to endure daily corruption and torture of all kinds..SHUT IT DOWN FIRE ALL THE CORRUPT JUDGES AND D.A's, CORRUPT POLICE WHO falsely imprison our people!

Posted by Dora C
a resident of another community
on Jul 3, 2020 at 12:25 pm

Thank you Mr. Prieto, for doing this in the name of human rights. Thank you to his partner, Deyna Cortez, for being so involved and having great love for him and your family and for having love for so many that have no voice in the system. Thank you, Missy, and all of you who help make this happen. I'd like to help too. THANK YOU ALL! So much! Selfless humans fighting for voiceless humans.

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