July 14, 2020: No phone calls from San Quentin

In mid July it was announced that prisoners would no longer have access to phones in San Quentin, to try to control the spread of the Covid-19.

With more than 50% of the people locked up in San Quentin already testing positive, and many more displaying symptoms, the new measures seemed both cruel and too little, too late. Tim and those on death row and in solitary confinement have already been in their cells for 24-hours a day for weeks, sick and utterly isolated. They were denied the ability to call loved ones for the foreseeable future. 

March 31, 2020 Art Without Distance: Solitary Garden Update

We’ve gotten a new letter from Tim Young, our Solitary Gardener at UC Santa Cruz who currently is on Death Row in San Quentin. Dated from March 23, the letter explains that while all of California has been on shelter-in-place, in San Quentin, staff (ungloved and unmasked) has continued to take 30-60 people at a time to the yard, the 40x50” outdoor concrete recreational area. As Tim explains, while he would love some fresh air, he’s choosing to stay in his cell.